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Thursday, June 23, 2022 | New Zealand

Matariki collaboration makes music for first public holiday

Tourism New Zealand is marking the first annual Matariki public holiday with a unique musical collaboration that captures values of returning home, and connection with whānau.

“Matariki has been a strong story for us to tell off-shore in markets that are interested in our unique culture and our stunning night skies, and helps us to attract visitors who are mindful of culture and place,” says Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive René de Monchy.

“With Matariki being an official public holiday we now have the chance to encourage our domestic audiences to experience the long weekend in a meaningful way, no matter where they travel for the long weekend.”

To celebrate the event Tourism New Zealand has releases a bespoke composition by Jerome Kavanagh – Ngā Taritari o Matariki (the Winds of Matariki).

Jerome Kavanagh is a Grammy Award-winning featured solo artist, and internationally renowned Māori Taonga Pūoro (traditional indigenous instruments) musician.

Ngā Taritari o Matariki (the Winds of Matariki) composition calls on New Zealanders to gather, reconnect and reflect with whānau and loved ones.

The composition is available now on Spotify(opens in new window).