In photos: Nation shines with first Matariki holiday celebrations

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Matariki is the start of the Matariki Maori New Year – a time of celebration, remembrance, growth and renewal.


Photo: RNZ/ King of Asia

Official celebrations took place across New Zealand today as the nation marked the first Matariki public holiday.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and other dignitaries attended a ceremony in Wellington.

Ardern said she was repeatedly moved by people’s reaction to making Matariki a public holiday, which she called a historic milestone.

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In Te Papa, the hautapu ceremony was led by Sir Pou Temara, who said New Zealanders would look back and say we came of age today.

Here’s a look at some of today’s events and scenes.

Red skies at dawn for Matariki in Wellington


Photo: RNZ / Shannon Haunui-Thompson

Matariki Hautapu ceremony in Wellington.


Photo: RNZ/ Liam Brown

Matariki Hautapu ceremony in Wellington.


Photo: RNZ/ King of Asia

Minister of Maori Crown Relations (Te Arawhiti) Kelvin Davis, Professor Rangi Mātāmua and Minister of Justice Kiri Allan at Te Papa.


Photo: RNZ / Liam Brown

Dr. Rangi Matamua welcomes PM Jacinda Ardern to hautapu for Matariki in Te Papa


Photo: RNZ Screenshot

Matariki celebrations on the port.

Matariki celebrations on the port.
Photo: King of Asia / RNZ

The RNZ crew celebrate Matariki in the studio.

The RNZ crew celebrate Matariki in the studio.
Photo: RNZ

Scotty Morrison offers a karakia during the Hautapu ceremony.

Scotty Morrison offers a karakia during the Hautapu ceremony.
Photo: Erica Sinclair Photography

Tohunga Paraone Gloyne gazes at the stars during the hautapu ceremony.

Tohunga Paraone Gloyne gazes at the stars during the hautapu ceremony.
Photo: ERICA SINCLAIR

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