Matariki celebrations conclude in Wellington this weekend with the hugely popular Kaumātua Kapa Haka event.

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Matariki is a time for whānau to come together. It’s a time to remember loved ones who’ve passed and to celebrate life and our connection with nature and each other.

Throughout June, Wellington hosted a range of events celebrating Matariki. They included Māori cuisine lessons, storytelling workshops and a panel discussion about mātauranga Māori and science — there’s been something for everyone.

The closing event of Matariki celebrations takes place this weekend with the Kaumātua Kapa Haka. This year over 400 kaumātua will perform for the crowds and whānau at Te Papa’s Sounding Theatre. The ten groups have come to Wellington from as far afield as Whangarei and Invercargill.

“Kaumātua Kapa Haka is an impressive spectacle and it’s always a highly anticipated showcase of some of New Zealand’s most experienced entertainers” says Matariki Rising creative director Dr Charles Royal.

Attendance to Kaumātua Kapa Haka is free, kicking off at 10am on both days. If you aren’t able to attend, you’ll still be able to watch live from home. The live stream to the event can be found here.

Te Tumu Paeroa are proud supporters of the Kaumātua Kapa Haka event.