Mārama ā-Whetū: Light of the Stars

Planetarium Show

 Mārama ā-Whetū: Light of the Stars explores Māori sky lore, myths and legends relating to the southern night sky. The show tells of the Polynesian explorers who navigated across the ocean to Aotearoa New Zealand, and highlights New Zealand’s most significant astronomical features.

 Perpetual Guardian Planetarium, Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin

Monday 16 July to Sunday 22 July, 1.30pm. $10 adult, $7 child (3‒18 years)
Concession offered with ID; tickets available online or from the Otago Museum Shop

Contact 03 474 7474      otagomuseum.nz

Matariki Makerspace

Self-guided, family fun

Join your community and celebrate the Māori New Year by creating a star-inspired Puaka Matariki craft.                                        

Atrium Level 1, Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin

Monday 16 July to Friday 20 July, 10am – 5pm. FREE

Contact 03 474 7474      otagomuseum.nz

Hāhakaranga Dance performance directed by Ake Ake Theatre Company

Celebrate Puaka Matariki with your whānau! Come on a journey into the vastness of Māori astronomy as dancers weave together a beautiful family performance exploring the Matariki constellation.

This community dance-theatre performance is a Science and Arts collaboration between Māori art practitioners and local dancers inspired by the work of Dr Rangi Matamua.

Toitū OSM Josephine Foyer, 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin

Sunday 15 July, 2–3pm. FREE

Contact 03 477 5052      toituosm.com

Future Convergence: He Kohinga Pao

Take a trip down memory lane and experience the heyday of Māori show bands!

During Puaka Matariki, Louise Kewene-Doig celebrates Māori popular music of the 1960s with Future Convergence: He Kohinga Pao. A multimedia installation that brings nostalgia, memories and local stories to life, highlights include a daily screening of the 1966 film Don’t Let it Get You, featuring a galaxy of Māori musical stars including Kahurangi Kiri Te Kanawa and Tā Howard Morrison. Lou will also be launching her He Kohinga Pao – Future Convergence a Digital Knowledge Basket of Music app in the space.

Future Convergence: He Kohinga Pa is supported by GigCity Community Fund, Chorus, Urban Dream Brokerage, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision and Creative New Zealand.

Community Gallery, 20 Princes Street, Dunedin

Sunday 15 July ‒ Friday 20 July, 1‒4pm; film screening 2pm daily. FREE
App launch: Friday 20 July, 6pm

Contact [email protected] facebook.com/maorigirlcreative/

Beyond Big Bang CANCELLED

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Rua McCallum will give a talk that gives an interpretation of a Kāi Tahu creation narrative, looking at how we might have known about these events especially when science is only making these discoveries now.

Toitū OSM Auditorium, 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin

Sunday 15 July, 11.30am. FREE

Contact 03 477 5052      toituosm.com

Puaka Matariki Taoka Puoro Workshop

Celebrate the Māori New Year with music! Dr Jennifer Cattermole (Department of Music, Theatre and Performing Arts, University of Otago) presents a Māori musical instrument workshop for all ages.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 30 The Octagon, Dunedin

Saturday 14 July, 2‒4pm. $5 cash only; limited numbers – bookings advised.

Book at the DPAG reception desk or by telephone

Contact [email protected]       03 474 3239              dunedin.art.museum

Matariki Beliefs and Customs in Modern Society

Rangi Matamua

In the past 30 years there has been a massive surge in interest around Matariki, and in Aotearoa today we see numerous events and celebrations occurring across the country during mid-winter paying homage to this star cluster. However, what is often missing from our modern observation of Matariki is any acknowledgement of its traditional practice. This talk will highlight some of the central Māori beliefs and customs associated with Matariki to support our growing understanding of its role in our modern society.

This event is presented by the New Zealand International Science Festival.

Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin

Saturday 14 July, 11am. FREE – registration required

Register through Eventbrite at matarikibeliefs.eventbrite.co.nz

Contact 03 474 7474      otagomuseum.nz

Future’s Past: Navigating Through History

Rangi Matamua, Ian Taylor, Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr and Chadd ‘Ōnohi Paishon

What does the future hold and how do we use our knowledge to understand it further? Renowned guests talk about their understanding of the future through knowing the past, via fields they’ve excelled in – technology, astronomy and marine navigation.

This event is part of the Kaupapa Waka series presented by the New Zealand International Science Festival and supported by the University of Otago Te Koronga and Auahi Kore.

Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin

Friday 13 July, 5.30pm. $12 adult, $6 child

Tickets available through Eventbrite at navigatingthroughhistory.eventbrite.co.nz

Contact 03 474 7474      otagomuseum.nz

Kaupapa Waka Kōrero

Nau mai, haere mai – ka hui, ka hoea!

The general public is warmly invited to join Hauteruruku ki Puketeraki and the University of Otago’s Te Koronga research group in a day of wānaka with two of the great modern-day ocean-crossing navigators – Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr of Tainui and Chadd ‘Ōnohi Paishon from Hawai‘i. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in traditional learning during the Māori New Year.

This event is part of the Kaupapa Waka series supported by Hauteruruku ki Puketeraki, the University of Otago Te Koronga and Auahi Kore.

Please bring a healthy plate to share for lunch.

Otago University Rowing Club, 65 Magnet Street, Dunedin

Friday 13 July, 9.30am ‒ 2pm. Koha; limited numbers – registration advised.

Visit bit.ly/2sWp4fZ for tickets and schedule.

Contact Mena Taripo [email protected]

Pact Matariki Celebrations

The Apartment, Te Whare and Link Centre clients, tāngata whaiora and support staff from across Dunedin and Balclutha will celebrate Puaka Matariki with a fun-filled day. It will include flax weaving, kapa haka including a performance from Wairua Pūhou, and hākari of hāngī, fried bread and pudding. Poetry readings from tāngata whaiora and music by the Pact staff band will keep us entertained. Grab a mic and join in! We will open with karakia and local kaumātua will also present a Puaka Matariki kōrero.

174 Princes Street (access via 35 Dowling Street), Dunedin

Wednesday 11 July, 9am ‒ 4pm. FREE ‒ confirm your attendance with Michelle.

Contact [email protected]