If you choose to participate in any of the listed activities, please keep tikaka akuaku foremost in your thoughts: STAY HOME IF YOU ARE UNWELL and think about who you might unwittingly carry the māuiui to afterwards. Let’s keep our vulnerable whānau safe 💜


Latest Past Events

Kōrero Te Marama | Talks About the Moon

Hanover Hall 65 Hanover Street, Dunedin

Join mātauraka Māori exponents Victoria Campbell and Brendan Flack under Te Marama, the moon, for engaging kōrero to conclude the 2021 NZISF. This event is presented by the New Zealand International Science Festival. Bookings essential – book online at

$3 – $5

Storytime Under The Moon

Hanover Hall 65 Hanover Street, Dunedin

Come and enjoy a half hour of moon-themed children's stories read by the University Book Shop storyteller while sitting underneath the magical moon installation at Hanover Hall, followed by an easy craft activity to take home with you. Suitable for all ages. Under-14s must be accompanied by an adult; under-2s are free ✨ This event

$3 – $5

Rob Thorne: Porotiti Mindfulness Meditation

Upper Octagon The Octagon, Dunedin

Taoka Puoro Workshops and Performance Public Performance Bring your porotiti to join Rob in the Upper Octagon for a mass performance of porotiti meditation – what a peaceful start to the rest of the year! Nau mai, tauti mai – everyone is welcome to come along to enjoy the experience. McMillan Stand  


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Check out these 👇 digital seasonal offerings from 🏛️ whare taoka in the comfort and warmth of home 🤗

PMF at DPAG online

[Ki runga] Tumai Cassidy (Kāi Tahu, Ngā Puhi, Te Āti Awa) reads Ngā Whetū Matariki i Whānakotia – The Stolen Stars of Matariki, written by Miriama Kamo (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mutunga) and illustrated by Zak Waipara (Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Ruapani, Ngāti Kahungunu).

[Ki raro] In this special DPAGart@school video, Gallery Educator Jen Boland demonstrates how to make a simple kite for Matariki.

[Ki runga] 🎧🌐 Experience this mīharo exploration of our Moana featuring the mahi toi rerehiko of kā whanuaka mōhio Rachael Rakena, Louise Pōtiki Bryant and Cathy Livermore amongst a kāhui of Aotearoa’s brightest ringatoi Māori me Tākata Moananui-a-Kiwa ✨🌟
Presented by Wellington City Council and Storybox

Taunaha Whenua – Naming the Land

Last year, Ngā Taonga Tumu Whakarae Honiana Love (Te Ātiawa, Taranaki, Ngā Ruahinerangi) gave this extremely popular oral history of place names used by mana whenua for the Wellington region. Coinciding with Matariki and a time of reflection, this kōrero to a packed auditorium resonated with an increasing interest in traditional place names. “There’s been a resurgence”, Love said, “with old names coming out of the landscape”.
Watch the presentation here.
Presented in partnership with the National Library of New Zealand and Wellington City Libraries.

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