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

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 [email protected]             027 473 9127

Whanaukataka Matariki

Bring your ideas, your reflections and your family! This year, the North East Valley community will join together to share kai and to kōrero over how we celebrate and what our future Matariki Huka Nui may look like. As a community-led organisation, the Valley Project wants you and your whānau involved – all are welcome! A plate is appreciated, but not essential.  

The Valley Project Community Rooms, 258 North Road, North East Valley

Thursday 4 July, 5.30‒7.30pm. Koha

Contact [email protected]           03 473 8614    

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

Māori Hill School Matariki Celebration

Following a day spent in wānaka learning kōrero, waiata, toi Māori, kapa hapa and mahi kai, Māori Hill School children will share their learning and creations at a special sharing time for whānau and our community. Nau mai, piki mai!

Māori Hill School, 9 Passmore Crescent, Māori Hill

Friday 28 June, 9.30am ‒ 12.40pm. FREE

Contact [email protected]          03 464 0184

Brockville School Matariki Breakfast

Piki mai, tautimai! Brockville School invites their community to join in celebrating Puaka Matariki beginning with karakia and waiata, then kapa haka, shared kai and company, and learning about the stars of the season.

Brockville School Hall, 263 Brockville Road, Brockville

Friday 28 June, 8.30am. FREE

Contact [email protected]         03 476 3717

Port Chalmers School Matariki Breakfast

Our school Whānau Hui group invites the Port Chalmers School learning community and their whānau join in a breakfast celebration of the Māori New Year, to share the stories of Koputai and the season, and witness the unveiling of our new banners which will make visible our values of ako, whanaukataka and manaakitaka. Hui e!

Port Chalmers School Hall, 30a Albertson Avenue, Port Chalmers

Friday 28 June, 7.30‒9am. FREE

Contact [email protected]          03 472 8685  


Elmgrove Puaka Matariki Celebration

Friends and whānau are invited to join in Elmgrove Puaka Matariki celebrations with delicious soup and bread made by our children and community, and with waiata and kōrero in our school hall, then in a turn around the block on a lantern parade under the stars. Nau mai, haere mai!

Elmgrove Primary School, 74 Argyle Street, Mosgiel

Wednesday 26 June, 5.30‒7pm. FREE

Contact [email protected]         03 489 6252

Pīata Mai Festival

Creative Natives Aotearoa presents a stellar gathering of Māori artists, designers, creatives and entrepreneurs in the heart of the city. Join in this shining celebration of mahi toi, kai and kōrero and share the light of this season of wānaka and whanaukataka. Haumi e, Hui e, Taiki e!

Pīata Mai Festival is supported by Auahi Kore. 

Community Gallery, 20 Princes Street, Dunedin

Wednesday 26 June – Saturday 29 June, 10am – 4pm. Gold coin koha

Evening events from 6pm. $10 tickets from

Programme details on the website –

Contact [email protected]    0212097735