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The Dunedin Puaka Matariki Festival is unique to Ōtepoti, marking the Māori New Year through a citywide programme of community events, celebrating the midwinter season of wānaka (learning) and whanaukataka (community spirit).
In bygone days, Tākata Māori observed the rising of the lone star Puaka or the Matariki cluster of stars as the beginning of the New Year: the harvest season had ended and winter days were best spent indoors. This alignment of calendars to the rising of either celestial body is ancient and occurs all around Moananui-ā-Kiwa, the Pacific.
2019 Pīata Mai Festival | Creative Natives | Image of Jennifer Duff | Community Gallery 2019 Flagstaff Community Church – Under The Southern Stars Matariki Celebration Weekend | School Creek native tree planting | Credit: Ken Harray 2019 Treasured Plants Tour | Rob Tipa, Rua McCallum, Alistair Fraser | Dunedin Botanic Garden 2019 Mauri Hauora Workshop & Romiromi Māori Healing Bodywork Sessions | Ariana Sutton | Dunningham Suite, Dunedin City Library 2019 Wānaka Kanikani AroHā – Regenrative Movement, Connected Communities | Rachel Ruckstuhl-Mann and Cathy Livermore | Malcam Trust 2019 Toi Maruata Workshop and Exhibition | Kaea: Mawera Severn | Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, South Dunedin 2019 Under The Southern Stars Exhibition | Studio2 & Margaret Freeman Gallery Dunedin Public Art Gallery | Jonathan Jones – Wiradjuri; Kamilaroi | Untitled (D21.281 Galari Bargan) PMF Whakanui Kāhui | 2018 Festival Commencement [Credit: Nathan Williams] Ōku Moana (My Oceans) | Down The Rabbit Hole and The Sandpit Collective | Pam McKinlay and Jesse-James Pickery | Community Gallery 2018 2018 Kaupapa Waka Kōrero | Anne-Marie Jackson, Chadd ‘Ōnohi Paishon and Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr | Otago University Rowing Clubrooms 2018 Kaupapa Waka – Future’s Past: Navigating Through History | Anne-Marie Jackson, Ian Taylor, Rangi Matamua, Chadd ‘Ōnohi Paishon and Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr | Otago Museum Whakapapa Talk at the Hocken | Credit: Group in ceremonial dress at the New Zealand International Exhibition, Christchurch, 1906-1907. Hocken Photographs Collection. James McDonald photographer. Box-289. Future Convergence: He Kohinga Pao | Louise Kewene-Doig | Community Gallery 2018 Toitū OSM 2018 | Hāhakaranga Dance Performance | Directed by Ake Ake Theatre Company Matariki Huka Nui 2018 Ringawera | Valley Project [Credit: Roslyn Nijenhuis] Matariki Huka Nui 2018 Ringawera | North East Valley Project [Credit: Roslyn Nijenhuis] Mārama ā-Whetū Light of the Stars Studio2 | Reaching For The Sky With Manu Tukutuku Art Exhibition | Blue Oyster Art Project Space | Ōtepoti Open Studio Arts Tour [Credit: @blueoysterdunedin] Still from Pātiki – Ngāi Tahu Mahinga Kai [Te Rūnaka o Ngāi Tahu] Te Aho Paihere | Ko Kā Waiata Hei Tohu O Te Whakamutuka O Te Taurima Puaka Matariki – The Festival Finale 2018 [Credit: Rewa Pene] Te Aho Paihere – Charlie Clough | Ko Kā Waiata Hei Tohu O Te Whakamutuka O Te Taurima Puaka Matariki – The Festival Finale 2018 [Credit: Rewa Pene]
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