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What is Matariki?

Matariki stars above Onyx restaurant

Established as an official public holiday in 2022, in 2024 Matariki is being observed on Friday 28th June. It is the third time it is observed as a public holiday in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. The rising of the stars symbolises the start of a new year in Māori culture. It is observed by iwi throughout Aotearoa but often at different times throughout winter, because Matariki isn't visible in all parts of New Zealand, especially in areas to the west of mountains.

Matariki is more than just a celebration; it’s a time to pause, reflect, and appreciate the richness of life. It is about gratitude and traditionally serves as a reminder to take time to remember family who are with us or who have passed on, celebrate what we have, and look forward to the future.

Matariki is most often celebrated with friends and family, as a time of togetherness where a community can share a meal.

Whether you're familiar with Matariki or experiencing it for the first time, we welcome you to join us at Onyx. Come and taste the flavours of the season, share in the joy of community, and embrace the spirit of Matariki with us.

We will be open from 11am on Matariki Friday for Brunch, Lunch, Dinner & Dessert.

Plus there is no surcharge on the Public Holiday.


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