Matariki at Carisbrook School

Carisbrook School 217 South Road, Caversham, Dunedin

Celebrate the season of wānaka and whanaukataka with the hard-working tamariki of Carisbrook School! As part of our Deep Learning project this term, the tamariki will be taking a major role in running this event, which will include various traditional craft activities, cooking and serving kai, performances, and features special seasonal storytelling. Nau mai! All

FREE

Puaka Matariki Festival @ City Library: Te Takarangi Exhibition

Dunedin City Library 230 Moray Place, Dunedin, Dunedin

At this time of celebrating new life, remembering our loved ones and planning for the future, we highlight a selection of tākata Māori-authored works from the Te Takarangi 150 collection. These books have signalled change, initiated change and, at times, captured the aspirations about what was and is possible for tākata Māori and for the

A celebration of living Ngāi Tahutanga: free film screenings

Dunedin City Library 230 Moray Place, Dunedin, Dunedin

During Māori New Year, Dunedin Public Libraries will have the honour of screening the Ngāi Tahu Mahinga Kai and Ngā Ringa Toi o Tahu series of short films, celebrating what it is to be Ngāi Tahu in an exploration of the creative artistry and traditional practices of the iwi. Courtesy of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi

FREE

Flagstaff Community Church – Under the Southern Stars Matariki Celebration

Flagstaff Community Church 9 Centennial Avenue, Wakari, Dunedin

Native Planting and Mahi Māra Day Matariki encourages us to gather together and connect with Papatūānuku. Bring your gardening clothes, gumboots and gloves to help with planting, weeding and track building. Stay for BBQ and refreshments after a job well done. School Creek Planting, Puaka Matariki Festival 2019. Credit: Ken Harray    

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Harakeke Weaving Workshop @ DPAG

Dunedin Public Art Gallery 30 The Octagon, Dunedin, Dunedin

Please join us to celebrate the season of Puaka and Matariki in Ōtepoti Dunedin, as we come together for a harakeke weaving workshop. Tutor Zoe Hikairo Morehu (Ngāti Maru ki Hauraki) will guide us through the tikanga of harvesting and using harakeke and the safe use of tools required for weaving. This is a beginner’s

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Matariki Whānau Hui @ DCBC

Dunedin City Baptist Church 19 Main South Road, Concord, Dunedin

Greater Green Island communities and Dunedin City Baptist Church invite Ōtepoti hapori whānui to join our celebration of wānaka and whanaukataka this Māori New Year. Learn about the seasonal tohu and practices, enjoy He Waka Kōtuia and local schools’ kapa haka, try your hand at mahi ā-ringa, join in waiata, visit StarLab and hear about

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The Little Eyes of Matariki: A Winter Happening

Signal Hill Studios 94 Signal Hill Road, Ōpoho, Dunedin

Signal Hill Studios invite NEV locals to join this celestial celebration, beneath the little eyes of Matariki that herald the transition of the New Year. Celebrate the darkness coming into light with illuminations, music, poetry, storytelling and fabric printing. Nau mai, piki mai! Cycle, walk, catch the bus up the hill and bring the whole

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Flagstaff Community Church – Under the Southern Stars Matariki Celebration

Flagstaff Community Church 9 Centennial Avenue, Wakari, Dunedin

The Big Lounge Concert Haere mai ki te rūma kōnohete nui! Join us for a winter evening of musical variety and fun, featuring Alpha Delta, Natasha Manowitz, Big in Japan, Flagstaff Community Choir, lantern-making activities for children, and more! Bring your own fish + chips to the ‘lounge meal’; hot drinks will be served throughout

FREE

Puaka + Matariki Gallery Trail

Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Dunedin

Explore the significance of Puaka and meet Te Iwa o Matariki – the nine stars of the Matariki cluster – in our newest gallery trail.

FREE

Matariki Ahuka Nui

Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Dunedin

In partnership with Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki and Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou, the Dunedin City Council and Otago Museum welcome everyone to a community event to celebrate the Māori New Year. Celebrate the dawn rising of Matariki on the Museum Reserve with karakia, and whakamaumahara (remember) those who have passed away, then come inside

FREE

Flagstaff Community Church – Under the Southern Stars Matariki Celebration

Flagstaff Community Church 9 Centennial Avenue, Wakari, Dunedin

Family Church Service Nau mai, piki mai – join us in welcoming the Māori New Year with family at our whānau service, featuring waiata (song), hīmene (hymn), children activities and stories. Tikanga Wakari, the Wakari School kapa haka will be performing. Stay for kaputī after the celebration. Tikanga Wakari 2019

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Te Wā o Puaka me Matariki i Te Uare Taoka o Hākena

Hocken Library 90 Anzac Avenue, Dunedin, Dunedin

The Hocken celebrates the Māori New Year with a foyer display showcasing Collections material related to the season of Puaka and Matariki. Nau mai, haere mai – everyone is welcome! Image credit : Notes on stars and star lore from Herries Beattie’s interviews with South Island Māori in 1920, MS-0181/002  

FREE

Puaka Matariki Festival @ City Library: The lost art of…

Dunedin City Library 230 Moray Place, Dunedin, Dunedin

Connect with your community in a series of talks and adventures rediscovering traditional pastimes. Nau mai, haere mai – all welcome! Backyard Beekeeping Learn about the ancient tradition of beekeeping, and what’s involved in starting your own backyard honey hive. Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor

FREE

Puaka Matariki Festival @ City Library: The lost art of…

Dunedin City Library 230 Moray Place, Dunedin, Dunedin

Connect with your community in a series of talks and adventures rediscovering traditional pastimes. Nau mai, haere mai – all welcome! Searching Nature’s Larder Discover the joy of foraging for food in the green spaces of Dunedin, and how to safely create delicious kai from ingredients found on a nature walk. Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor

FREE

Puaka Matariki Festival @ City Library: The lost art of…

Dunedin City Library 230 Moray Place, Dunedin, Dunedin

Connect with your community in a series of talks and adventures rediscovering traditional pastimes. Nau mai, haere mai – all welcome! Family Board Games Dungeons and Dragons, Chess, Mokimoki (te reo Māori Scrabble) or bring your own board game, bring the whānau and friends, and connect with other players. Suitable for all ages. Teen Space

FREE

Waiata Mai, Waiata Atu

Dunedin City Library 230 Moray Place, Dunedin, Dunedin

The new year season of Puaka and Matariki is a great time to connect with your community, and waiata are a beautiful and vital form of expression. Join us to hear the Dunedin City Council Waiata Rōpū sharing a selection of waiata to celebrate the rising of te huihui o Matariki. You are very welcome

FREE

Puaka Matariki Festival @ City Library: The lost art of…

Dunedin City Library 230 Moray Place, Dunedin, Dunedin

Connect with your community in a series of talks and adventures rediscovering traditional pastimes. Nau mai, haere mai – all welcome! Singsong Join the North East Valley Ukes for a sing-along. Waiata, traditional tunes or well-known standards – you all know the words! Come and sing for the companionship and joy of singing. And if

FREE

Turumeke Harrington: SPECIAL TIME (Ehara i te tī) exhibition talk and shared meal

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

A conversation between our Blue Oyster Caselberg Trust Summer Resident for 2021 Turumeke Harrington (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Raukawa ki Tonga, Ngāti Toa Rangatira) and guests Kiri Jarden (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Raukawa ki Tonga, Ngāti Toa Rangatira), Metiria Stanton Turei (Rangitāne, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Ātihaunui-ā-Pāpārangi) and Piupiu Maya Turei (Rangitāne, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Ātihaunui-ā-Pāpārangi)

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The Guest House

Aramoana Castle 1 Muri Street, Aramoana, Dunedin

The Guest House is a new offering from Ake Ake Theatre Company for Te Tau Hou Māori 2021. Enter a theatrical journey of divination through the gates of the magical Aramoana Castle: part Puppet Theatre, part Shrine, part Wānaka. Your tour guide will lead you into The Guest House to meet the mysterious Guests as

$5 – $15

Flagstaff Community Church – Under the Southern Stars Matariki Celebration

Flagstaff Community Church 9 Centennial Avenue, Wakari, Dunedin

Matariki Remembrance Service People of all faiths are welcome to join us in this service of remembrance for our loved ones. The morning will include waiata, hīmene, children’s activities, stories, prayers for a hurting world, and finish with morning tea. Haere mai tātou!

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Matariki at All Saints’

All Saints’ Anglican Church 786 Cumberland Street, Ōtepoti Raki North Dunedin

Whatever your faith, wherever you are on your faith journey, you are welcome at all events and services at All Saints’. On the Sundays of midwinter, in addition to the usual 8am Mass and 10.30am High Mass, there will be four contemplative, candlelit services to mark Māori New Year. Each service will be followed by

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Midwinter Makerspace

Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Dunedin

Celebrate Māori New Year by crafting your own origami Hiwa-i-te-raki wishing star, or make a Matariki shadow card, take it home and shine a torch through it to see the Matariki cluster light up your wall! Atrium 1  

FREE

Ki-O-Rahi!

Alhambra-Union Rugby Football Club 541 Great King Street, Dunedin

A workshop showcasing the traditional Māori game Ki-o-rahi. This event is presented by the New Zealand International Science Festival. Bookings essential – book online at scifest.org.nz/programme/ki-o-rahi

FREE

Our Moon: Then, Now & Beyond

Hanover Hall 65 Hanover Street, Dunedin

Explore the moon’s past, present, and future in this out-of-this-world experience where you can enter the orbit of our spectacular moon. This event is presented by the New Zealand International Science Festival. Bookings essential – book online at scifest.org.nz/programme/moon

$3 – $5

Celebrate Māori New Year @ Toitū

Toitū OSM 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin, Dunedin

Raranga Workshops Explore the Māori art form of raranga (weaving). Whether you’re new to weaving or are looking for an opportunity to further develop your practice, this programme offers a range of project-based tasks to learn about the cultural practices of toi (arts) with master weaver Amber Bridgman. All materials supplied. Introductory Workshop: Join Amber

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Celebrate Māori New Year @ Toitū

Toitū OSM 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin, Dunedin

Raranga Workshops Explore the Māori art form of raranga (weaving). Whether you’re new to weaving or are looking for an opportunity to further develop your practice, this programme offers a range of project-based tasks to learn about the cultural practices of toi (arts) with master weaver Amber Bridgman. All materials supplied. Intermediate Workshops: Build on

$20
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Tūhura Taster at the Golden Centre

Golden Centre Mall 251 George Street, Dunedin

Puaka and Matariki are rising – have you seen them? Come by Otago Museum’s pop-up at the Golden Centre to learn how to find them, what they mean for us here on Earth, and what they can tell us about the life cycles of stars. This event is presented by the New Zealand International Science Festival.

FREE

Mai i Te Pō ki Te Ao Mārama | From Darkness into Light

Otago Pioneer Women's Memorial Building 362 Moray Place, Dunedin

Kei Te Pai Press launches its 2021 “Re-imagining the future" journal, Mai i te pō ki te ao mārama at this year's Puaka Matariki Festival, connecting the volume's theme – from darkness into the light – to the season’s spirit of renewal and new beginnings. Featuring some of Aotearoa New Zealand's leading artists and writers,

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Yoga Under The Matariki Moon

Hanover Hall 65 Hanover Street, Dunedin

Celebrate Matariki with blissful nourishing yoga under the Full Moon at Hanover Hall. Explore the divination of Matariki in movement and meditation and set your flow of grace for the day and for a sparkling New Year, with Jessica Latton from the Dunedin Yoga Studio. Completely new to yoga? This is the perfect time to

$20
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Kei Waho i te Kēti | Out the Gate

Community Gallery 20 Princes Street, Dunedin, Dunedin

An exhibition of far out and experimental mahi toi by artists from Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa celebrating the time of Puaka and Matariki, Kei Waho i te Kēti | Out the Gate begins with an evening of live music and light refreshments. Adults and children of all ages are welcome – nau mai, haere mai! Featuring: Moewai

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Puaka Matariki Festival @ City Library: The lost art of…

Dunedin City Library 230 Moray Place, Dunedin, Dunedin

Connect with your community in a series of talks and adventures rediscovering traditional pastimes. Nau mai, haere mai – all welcome! Hand sewing: Stitch Kitchen’s community art for teens Make a statement with our patches collage and stitch them to your favourite tee or tote bag. All materials provided. Rakatahi aged 13‒18. Teen Space Booking

FREE

Rob Thorne: Porotiti Mindfulness Meditation at Araiteuru Marae

Araiteuru Marae 24 Shetland Street, Wakari, Dunedin

Taoka Puoro Workshops and Performance Workshop Take a moment with taoka puoro composer, performer and anthropologist Rob Thorne (Ngāti Tumutumu) to learn about traditional Māori musical instruments (taoka puoro), and how to play the porotiti – a spun instrument used in respiratory system healing. Learn and achieve both a moving and a breathing meditation that

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Matariki @ Te Pā 

Puketeraki Marae 520 Apes Road, Karitane

Feeling a bit shy about learning traditional Māori tikanga? Celebrating the past, building relationships and sharing collective Matariki experiences and knowledge together as whānau and community, for whānau and community – it’s the perfect time to join in wānaka (learning) with Ngā Whetū Ātaahua at beautiful Karitane. From gaining confidence in marae protocols, to testing

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Puaka Matariki Festival @ City Library: The lost art of…

Dunedin City Library 230 Moray Place, Dunedin, Dunedin

Connect with your community in a series of talks and adventures rediscovering traditional pastimes. Nau mai, haere mai – all welcome! Hand sewing: Stitch Kitchen’s community art for all the whānau Make a statement with our patches collage and stitch them to your favourite tee or tote bag. All materials provided. Suitable for ages 8+

FREE
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Rob Thorne: Porotiti Mindfulness Meditation

Dunedin City Library 230 Moray Place, Dunedin, Dunedin

Taoka Puoro Workshops and Performance Workshops Take a moment with taoka puoro composer, performer and anthropologist Rob Thorne (Ngāti Tumutumu) to learn about traditional Māori musical instruments (taoka puoro), and how to play the porotiti – a spun instrument used in respiratory system healing. Learn and achieve both a moving and a breathing meditation that

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Matariki at Olveston

Olveston Historic Home 42 Royal Terrace, Dunedin

Bring the whānau and be transported through the ages on a musical odyssey into the heart of Matariki!  Ake Ake Theatre Company present a magical hour of music and storytelling followed by hot chocolate in the Great Hall at Olveston Historic Home. Directed by Jessica Latton and featuring Sydney Manowitz on violin, Kerian Varaine on

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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, Upper Octagon, Ōtepoti Dunedin

FREE

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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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

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 scifest.org.nz/programme/te-marama

$3 – $5