Story: Matariki – Te Tau Hou Māori

Matariki for tamariki

Matariki for tamariki

New Zealand dancer and choreographer Sean MacDonald (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Raukawa) choreographed Matariki for tamariki, which was performed by the New Zealand Dance Company in 2019 and 2020. It tells the story of a group of friends travelling through New Zealand during the Matariki season. Along the way, the wairua (spirits) of the nine whetū of Matariki inhabit the travellers, helping them to reflect on the past and look to the future.

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The New Zealand Dance Company
Photograph by John McDermott

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How to cite this page:

Paul Meredith, 'Matariki – Te Tau Hou Māori - Modern Matariki', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 July 2024)

Story by Paul Meredith, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 19 Jun 2021