Otago Museum – Puaka Matariki @ OM

Long, cold winter nights may seem like the perfect time to stay indoors, but that’s also when our southern skies really shine, so Otago Museum invites you to bundle up and join us outside to celebrate Puaka Matariki!

For two evenings, we’ll open up Lab-in-a-Box on the Museum Reserve to share our favourite astronomical stories, stargaze, and deliver hands-on demonstrations about the science of starlight.

In partnership with the Dodd-Walls Centre

5:30pm – 8pm, Friday 17 – Saturday 18 July
Museum Reserve (Hutton Theatre if inclement weather)

Otago Museum – Light of the Stars: Mārama ā-Whetū

Planetarium Show

Celebrate the Puaka Matariki Festival with a visit to the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium for the film Light of the Stars: Mārama ā-Whetū, which explores Māori sky lore, myths and legends relating to the southern night sky.

The show is narrated in English and tells the story of the Polynesian explorers who navigated across the ocean to Aotearoa New Zealand, highlighting New Zealand’s most significant astronomical features.

Restricted to ages 3 and up.
Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

10.30am daily, Monday 13 – Sunday 19 July
Perpetual Guardian Planetarium
Adults $12, Children $7

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

Friday 28 June, 6.30pm.

Weekends, Saturday 29 to Sunday 7 July, 11.30am. $10 adult, $7 child (3‒18 years)
Concession offered with ID, combos available for daytime sessions

Tickets available online or from the Otago Museum Shop

Contact 03 474 7474       otagomuseum.nz

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

Friday 28 June, 6.30pm.

Weekends, Saturday 29 to Sunday 7 July, 11.30am. $10 adult, $7 child (3‒18 years)
Concession offered with ID, combos available for daytime sessions

Tickets available online or from the Otago Museum Shop

Contact 03 474 7474       otagomuseum.nz

Te Reo Māori Evening Screening – Mārama ā-Whetū: Light of the Stars

Credit: Otago Museum

Whakaatu Whare-rakihori Planetarium Show

Kia tīkaro tātou i kā pūrākau e iri ana i kā raki o Aotearoa, ka mutu, he whakaaturaka tēnei i roto i te reo Māori.
Discover the stories of Aotearoa New Zealand’s night skies in this special te reo Māori evening screening.

Hei tīmataka ake, e hākai ana te whakaaturaka nei a Mārama ā-Whetū: Light of the Stars ki kā pūrākau o kā kaiwhakatere waka o Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa me tā rātou hekeka mai ki Aotearoa. Ka mutu, he kōrero whakahirahira mō kā tātai aroraki kei kā raki o Aotearoa hoki.
Mārama ā-Whetū: Light of the Stars relates the story of the Polynesian explorers who navigated across the ocean to Aotearoa, and highlights New Zealand’s most significant astronomical features.

Whai ake, mā tētahi Kaipāho Pūtaiao tētahi whakaaturaka mataora o te raki o Ōtepoti e hautū ki tō tātou whare-rakihori. Ka mutu, mā te Kaipāho Pūtaiao tēnei wāhaka o te whakāturaka e whakapuaki i roto i te reo Māori, i roto i te reo Pākehā hoki.
This screening will be followed by a live exploration of the Dunedin night sky in our 360° planetarium, guided by a Tūhura science communicator in both te reo Māori and English.

E wātea ana ki te hoko inu, kai rānei. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.

Whare-rakihori a Perpetual Guardian ki Te Whare Taoka o Ōtākou
Perpetual Guardian Planetarium, Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin

Rātapu 22 o Toru/Hōkokoi, 7pm. $15 pakeke, $10 tamaiti (3‒18 kā tau)
Sunday 22 July, 7 pm. $15 adult, $10 child (3‒18 years)

He waitohu kei te ipuraki, kei te Otago Museum Shop rānei
Tickets available online or from the Otago Museum Shop

Whakapā Contact 03 474 7474 otagomuseum.nz

Evening Screening – Mārama ā-Whetū: Light of the Stars

Planetarium Show

Discover the stories of Aotearoa New Zealand’s night skies in this special evening showing.

Mārama ā-Whetū: Light of the Stars relates the story of the Polynesian explorers who navigated across the ocean to Aotearoa, and highlights New Zealand’s most significant astronomical features. This screening will be followed by a live exploration of the Dunedin night sky in our 360° planetarium, guided by a Tūhura science communicator. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.

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

Wednesday 18 July, 7pm. $15 adult, $10 child (3‒18 years)
Tickets available online or from the Otago Museum Shop

Contact 03 474 7474      otagomuseum.nz

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

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

Beyond Big Bang CANCELLED

CANCELLED

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

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