Nga Hau e Wha o Papararangi Marae - Matariki
Newlands, Wellington

Newlands, Wellington
Departs from:
Meet the team on site at 9am or get in touch to book a ride from the Z station on Vivian Street or our office in Melrose
Departure time:

Matariki is the Maori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in mid-winter and for many Maori, it heralds the start of a new year. Traditionally, it was a time for remembering the dead, celebrating new life and planting new crops. Join us for a special planting event in celebration of Matariki at Nga Hau e Wha o Papararangi Marae in Newlands. We will be helping local schools with tree planting and we will be creating a mokomoko (lizard) garden.

Activtities include creating rock piles for lizards, planting lizard-specific native plants, and tree planting.

We provide: an experienced team leader, tools, gloves, health and safety management and training. Free transport available - get in touch to book a seat as places are limited!

What to wear/bring: sturdy boots, long sleeves and pants, a hat/beanie, waterproof jacket, water bottle, lunch and snacks.

Iwi across Aotearoa celebrate Matariki at different times according to when its return is observed from their rohe (area). This is a great opportunity not only to create a positive difference to the environment but also to learn about Maori culture and to get involved in your local community. 

Join this project

27th June 2019
Cost: On projects which include an overnight stay, a volunteer contribution towards costs of meals, accommodation and transport is required – from From $40.00 for 2 days
* single day bookings are FREE
Wildlife Management, Planting, Other
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Contact us

For more information, or for help with your booking, please contact the Melrose, office on 02187 8185 or email