Dunedin Puaka Matariki Festival Monday 13 – Monday 20 July 2020

The Puaka Matariki Festival is unique to Ōtepoti Dunedin, marking the Māori New Year (most years) through a citywide programme of community events. But this year the Festival has been delivered online, celebrating this midwinter season of wānaka (learning) and whanaukataka (community spirit) on the digital marae.

Go to our News page for the full story,  the drop-down menu above and our Events page for our virtual Festival programme.

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-a-Kiwa, the Pacific.

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Images of Previous Puaka Matariki Festivals

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