Wellington will light up the sky to celebrate Matariki next year.
The city's annual major fireworks event, the Wellington Sky Show, will move from its usual November date to celebrate the Maori New Year, which occurs around June and July every year.
Plans are already under way for a month-long period of Matariki, with around $250,000 to be spent on the celebrations.
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says moving the date shows how serious the city is about making Matariki a cornerstone celebration.
"It's time for the city to show national leadership by supporting these groups and working with them to produce a city-wide Matariki programme that all Wellingtonians can be proud of," he said.