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Matairaki Walking Tour

Blue Oyster Art Project Space 16 Dowling Street, Dunedin, Dunedin

Viewing Puaka and Matariki in the dawn sky requires close observation of the world around us.  For Matairaki, Ōtepoti-based artists Megan Brady, Antony Deaker, Ana Iti, and Moewai Marsh invite

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Puaka Matariki Storytime Under The Stars

Tūhura Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Ōtepoti Dunedin

Come and snuggle on a beanbag under our gallery stars and listen to our storyteller read a selection of beautiful Matariki books for tamariki.  All ages. Southern Land Southern People

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Toi Matapihi Window Exhibition

Studio2 & Margaret Freeman Gallery 147 Hillside Road, South Dunedin, Dunedin

Re-joining our midwinter celebration of wānaka and whanaukataka, Studio2’s local artists with disabilities will mark the festive season of Puaka and Matariki in the window of the Margaret Freeman Gallery,

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Matariki Ahuka Nui

Tūhura Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Ōtepoti Dunedin

In partnership with Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki and Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou, the Dunedin City Council and Tūhura Otago Museum invite Ōtepoti whānui to gather to celebrate the Māori

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Tītī Tōrea Game

Tūhura Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Ōtepoti Dunedin

Try out tītī tōrea, a traditional stick game played across Moananui-a-Kiwa.  Join one of our Kāi Tahu Kaiārahi who will get you started and guide you.  This game tests hand-eye

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Make a Wishing Candle

Tūhura Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Ōtepoti Dunedin

Come upstairs after the Matariki Ahuka Nui dawn ceremony and make a beeswax wishing candle.  All materials provided.  Suitable for ages 5 and over – under 14s must be accompanied

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Puaka Matariki Makerspace

Tūhura Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Ōtepoti Dunedin

Join us at our famous holiday Makerspace for some special Matariki-themed crafts.  Make and decorate a pūrerehua (bullroarer) or fold and decorate an origami wishing star.  All materials provided.  All

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Catch Your Kai Game

Tūhura Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Ōtepoti Dunedin

Toddlers, little children and parents will love this throw-and-catch game.  Try to catch a wobbly creature in your net – you will find it hard to stop once you’ve started!

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Matariki at Olveston

Olveston Historic Home 42 Royal Terrace, Ōtepoti Dunedin

To celebrate the very first Matariki public holiday, Olveston Historic Home is opening its doors for our community to enjoy.  Olveston was donated to the city by the Theomin whānau,

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Kōrero with Kiringāua

Tūhura Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Ōtepoti Dunedin

Listen to talented and knowledgeable rakatahi Kiringāua Cassidy share stories of his iwi and the legends of this land, including kōrero about the formation of Te Wai Pounamu, the creation

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Interactive Poi Workshop

Tūhura Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Ōtepoti Dunedin

Come along and learn the rhythmic fundamentals of poi movement.  Build your skills and learn contemporary tricks and techniques.  Suitable for ages 5 and over – under 14s must be

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Waiata with Tenaya Brown

Tūhura Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Ōtepoti Dunedin

Listen to the beautiful voice of accomplished Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti vocalist Tenaya Brown.  A graduate of the University of Otago’s Contemporary Music programme, Tenaya will be singing waiata Māori in this

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Taoka Puoro – Māori Musical Instruments

Tūhura Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Ōtepoti Dunedin

Join ethnomusicologist Dr Jennifer Cattermole in this show-and-tell that guides you through taoka puoro and discover how to play instruments crafted from things found in nature.  All ages. Tāngata Whenua

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Mana Moana: Ōtepoti

Steamer Basin 16 Wharf Street, Ōtepoti Dunedin

Come together to celebrate the inaugural Matariki holiday in Ōtepoti Dunedin through a spectacular, immersive show on the Otago Harbour waterfront. Over three nights, water and light will combine in

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