Flagstaff Community Church – Under the Southern Stars Matariki Celebration

Matariki Celebration Service

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

Flagstaff Community Church, 9 Centennial Avenue Wakari

Sunday 3 July, 9.30am. FREE

Contact: brendon@churchatflagstaff.co.nz | 0273569200

Popoia te Kakano – Seed Bomb and Planting Workshop

Wrap up warm and bring the whānau along to join The Pukekura Trust in an uplifting day of whenua-tending.  Spend the morning planting seedlings and making seed bombs, then enjoy hot drinks and kai at the Royal Albatross Centre.  Piki mai, titiro atu!

Takiharuru Pilot’s Beach Reserve, 1260 Harington Point Road Pukekura Taiaroa Head

Sunday 26 June, 10am ‒ 1pm. FREE – limited spaces

Contact: kitty@mahipai.nz | 0221967490

Painting of Pukekura by Chris Gaskin

Mana Moana: Ōtepoti

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 a breath-taking and poignant cinematic experience for the whole family, created by Māori and Pāsifikā artists.

Based on a concept by co-curators Rachael Rakena and Michael Bridgman and produced by Wellington-based production studio Storybox, Mana Moana: Ōtepoti will reflect the connections of Ōtepoti Dunedin to the wider Moananui-a-Kiwa through a series of uplifting stories, that also share the indigenous approach to caring for our environment and water.

The show will run on a reoccurring 30-minute loop, between 5.30pm and 8.30pm over the three nights, allowing multiple opportunities for people to enjoy the spectacle.  A tasty array of healthy seasonal kai will be available for purchase.

Nau mai, tauti mai – join us in upholding the mana of our waterways and sharing our hopes for the future.

Steamer Basin, Wharf Street Ōtepoti Dunedin

Friday 24 ‒ Sunday 26 June, 5.30‒8.30pm

Contact: dunedinnz.com/manamoana

Matariki Ahuka Nui

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 New Year and to welcome Aotearoa’s newest public holiday.

Begin on the Museum Reserve with karakia to mark the return of Puaka and Matariki to the dawn sky and to whakamaumahara or remember our dear departed, through large-scale projections of the stars and changing seasons alongside photos of loved ones who have passed away in the past year.  Then come inside for kōrero and waiata and kai-o-te-ata, a free community breakfast.

Dress for the weather!  Nau mai, haere mai – everyone is welcome.

Otago Museum Reserve; Tuhura Otago Museum Café, 419 Great King Street Ōtepoti Raki North Dunedin

Friday 24 June, 7‒9.30am. FREE

Contact: 034747474 | otagomuseum.nz

KohaOra 182

In celebration of Matariki, Aukaha are pleased to host a festive evening focusing on wellbeing, connection and gratitude.  Join in with special guests, entertainment including kapa haka, Zumba, mau rakau, and share kai.

One night only!  All are welcome.

Malcam Trust, 45 Māori Road Ōtepoti Dunedin

Thursday 23 June 5.30‒8.30pm. KOHA

RSVP recommended
Contact reception@aukaha.co.nz




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

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

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

Limited spaces – bookings essential

A celebration of living Ngāi Tahutanga: free film screenings

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 Tahu.

Repeat screenings daily.

Image credit: Te Rūnaka o Ngāi Tahu | Still from Pātiki – Ngāi Tahu Mahinga Kai


Dunedin Public Libraries, Citywide – check the event listing for community library addresses.

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

Ocean Acidification: Own The Streets Exhibition Launch

Toitū te marae a Tane-Mahuta, toitū te marae a Tangaroa, Toitū te takata.

Celebrate kaitiakitaka and the continuation of the Ōku Moana kaupapa! Join the curator and marine researchers involved in the Art + Ocean project to hear about this new outdoor poster exhibition that will be hitting the streets in Ōtepoti and Ōtautahi during the Puaka Matariki season, and enjoy light refreshments and music. Mauri ora!

Knox Church Herron Hall, 1st Floor, 453 George Street, Dunedin

Friday 5 July, 5.30pm. FREE

Contact pamm@op.ac.nz             027 473 9127      bit.ly/2Z8OIg1

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