The Matariki Festival is set to kick off on June 19th and will finish on July 11th, Auckland Council announces. The festival is being hosted by Auckland Council in partnership with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei as this year’s iwi manaaki (host iwi). Events to watch out for include Matariki Dawn Karakia, Vector Lights for Matariki and Manu Aute Kite Day.