Matariki at the Market

Published : June 28, 2017

​Dandenong Market celebrates Matariki

Dandenong Market is celebrating Māori new year Matariki with an event on Sunday 25 June featuring performances, activities and New Zealand street food.

Matariki is the Māori name for the Pleiades cluster of stars which rise in early June, heralding the start of a new year. Matariki is a time to connect with, and give thanks to the land, sea and sky. It is also a time for the community to come together and celebrate.

Entertainment and activities include performances by Te Hononga O Nga Iwi, Nga Whetu Marama O Hawaiki and Kingdom Culture Dance Crew. Mau rākau display by Te Ara Hononga.

Free ta moko face and body painting by Arawa Designs.

Delicious, authentic street food by NZ Street Food. NZ Street Food is best known for their hugely popular hāngi, a traditional dish made with chicken, lamb, potato, pumpkin, sweet potato, cabbage, stuffing and fried bread.

Live music schedule:

11:00am: Te Hononga O Nga Iwi (Market Square)
11:30am: Kingdom Culture Dance Crew 
12:00pm: Nga Whetu Marama O Hawaiki (T'HONI children’s group) (Market Square)
12.30pm: Kingdom Culture Dance Crew 
1:00pm: Te Hononga O Nga Iwi (Market Square)
2:00pm: Mau Rakau (Market Square)


NZ Street Food menu includes:

  • Hāngi
  • Raw fish
  • Mussel fritters
  • NZ kina (on availability)
  • Fried bread burgers
  • Pulled pork with coleslaw
  • Slow cooked beef and gravy
  • Mussel Fritter Burger with BBQ sauce, mayo and coleslaw.
  • Kiwi breakfast
  • Steamed pudding with custard
  • Range of kiwi biscuits, chips and soft drinks


Event information

What: Matariki at the Market
Day: Sunday 25 June 2016
Time: 10am – 3pm
Where: Market Square, Dandenong Market, Corner Clow and Cleeland Streets, Dandenong
Cost: Free.
Parking: Parking is free for the event.
Getting here: Dandenong Market is located in the south east of Melbourne and can be accessed via the Monash Freeway (Stud Road exit) or Eastlink (Dandenong exit). Dandenong Market is also a 15 minute walk from the Dandenong train station.