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

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) about taonga, value, and embodied ancestry. Using the exhibition SPECIAL TIME (Ehara i te tī) as a starting point, this talk will thread together questions including: What will our future taonga be? How do we handle objects from the future? How could our museological systems function in the future? Please join us after the kōrero for a shared meal.

Please contact us to book for the meal and to pass on any dietary requirements.

Image credit: Turumeke Harrington

Matariki Ahuka Nui

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 for kōrero and waiata. The ceremony finishes with kai-o-te-ata, a community breakfast prepared by the Otago Museum Café. Be sure to wrap up warm and bring an umbrella in case of rain.

Then from 9am, enjoy an indoor community fun day that features a range of performances and activities for the whole whānau, including kapa haka; workshops; crafts, like making own wishing candle; storytelling brought to you by UBS, and much more!

Nau mai, haere mai – everyone is welcome.

Matariki Whānau Hui @ DCBC

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 kā whetū o te tau, and share a kai with us.

We start the hui all together with mihi whakatau, and finish with a lantern and light stick parade. Nau mai, haere mai – bring the whole whānau!

Please bring a donation for the foodbank ✨

RSVP at fb.me/e/1h6SlgwGC or bit.ly/2TFSL62

or contact [email protected]


Matariki at Carisbrook School

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 locals are welcome to join the festivities.


CANCELLED: Cultural Food Fare

Due to bereavement, this event is now cancelled.

Bring along your favourite ethnic food to be shared as part of a pot luck celebration of cultures.

Toitū OSM Josephine Foyer, 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin

Sunday 7 July, 1pm–3pm. FREE

Contact 03 477 5052       toituosm.com

Bathgate Park AROHA NUI Festival


Celebrate life, learning and togetherness! Come together to reflect on the past, share stories and make plans for the year ahead, remembering to respect and care for our natural world so that our future generations are able to enjoy it, in the way that we are able to.

Join the Bathgate Park School Arts Team in the school hall for karakia followed by an evening of kai and luminary local entertainment. Nau mai, haere mai!

Bathgate Park School, 213 Macandrew Road, South Dunedin

Thursday 4 July, 5.30‒9pm. Koha

Contact [email protected]     03 455 3421

Brockville School Matariki Community Celebration

Piki mai, tauti mai! Brockville folk are invited to Brockville School to celebrate Puaka Matariki with songs, video, art work and stories, followed by shared kai of soup and bread prepared by the whole school and served by the senior students.

Brockville School Hall, 263 Brockville Road, Brockville

Friday 29 June, 1‒3pm. FREE

Contact [email protected]         03 476 3717