The Tauranga Moana Matariki Festival is back for 2016 for its 15th year in Tauranga from June 6 until July 22.

This year's festival celebrates 'Our Place, Our Stories' with a seven-week-long programme, and offers the perfect opportunity to come together in some of Tauranga's favourite spaces to share, connect and be entertained at the coming of the Maori New Year.

The city will come alive with a diverse and engaging programme including live performances, lectures, family events, dance and art, star-gazing, workshops and nature walks.

The majority of Matariki events are either free or gold-coin donation to attend and take place across Tauranga. For more information visit www.tauranga.govt.nz.

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