Solar Telescopes on the Museum Reserve

The Dunedin Astronomical Society are outside Tūhura Otago Museum on the Reserve with solar telescopes.  Come and take a look for yourself at the massive flares and sunspots of Tamanuiterā, the Sun.  All ages.

Otago Museum Reserve, 381 Great King Street Ōtepoti Raki Dunedin North

Saturday 25 June, 10.30am ‒ 3pm. FREE
Weather permitting

Contact: 034747474 |  otagomuseum.nz

Taoka Puoro – Māori Musical Instruments

Join ethnomusicologist Dr Jennifer Cattermole in this show-and-tell that guides you through taoka puoro and discover how to play instruments crafted from things found in nature.  All ages.

Tāngata Whenua gallery Tūhura Otago Museum

Friday 24 June, 1‒4pm. FREE

Contact: 034747474 |  otagomuseum.nz

Waiata with Tenaya Brown

Listen to the beautiful voice of accomplished Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti vocalist Tenaya Brown.  A graduate of the University of Otago’s Contemporary Music programme, Tenaya will be singing waiata Māori in this moving live performance.

Atrium Level 2 Tūhura Otago Museum

Friday 24 and Saturday 25 June, 12‒1pm; Sunday 26 June, 11‒11.30am and 1‒1.30pm. FREE

Contact: 034747474 |  otagomuseum.nz

Kōrero with Kiringāua

Listen to talented and knowledgeable rakatahi Kiringāua Cassidy share stories of his iwi and the legends of this land, including kōrero about the formation of Te Wai Pounamu, the creation narrative from a Kāi Tahu perspective, and the story of the nine Matariki stars.  All ages.

Tāngata Whenua gallery Tūhura Otago Museum

Friday 24 – Sunday 26 June, 11am and 12pm. FREE

Contact: 034747474 |  otagomuseum.nz

Make a Wishing Candle

Come upstairs after the Matariki Ahuka Nui dawn ceremony and make a beeswax wishing candle.  All materials provided.  Suitable for ages 5 and over – under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

Atrium Level 1 Tūhura Otago Museum

Friday 24 June, 9.30am ‒ 12pm. FREE

Contact: 034747474 |  otagomuseum.nz

Puaka Matariki Makerspace

Join us at our famous holiday Makerspace for some special Matariki-themed crafts.  Make and decorate a pūrerehua (bullroarer) or fold and decorate an origami wishing star.  All materials provided.  All ages.

Atrium Level 1 Tūhura Otago Museum

Friday 24 June, 9.30am – 4pm; Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June, 11am – 4pm. FREE

Contact: 034747474 |  otagomuseum.nz

Catch Your Kai Game

Toddlers, little children and parents will love this throw-and-catch game.  Try to catch a wobbly creature in your net – you will find it hard to stop once you’ve started!  All ages.

Atrium Level 1 Tūhura Otago Museum

Friday 24 June, 9.30am ‒ 4pm; Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June, 11am ‒ 4pm. FREE

Contact: 034747474 |  otagomuseum.nz

Tītī Tōrea Game

Try out tītī tōrea, a traditional stick game played across Moananui-a-Kiwa.  Join one of our Kāi Tahu Kaiārahi who will get you started and guide you.  This game tests hand-eye coordination and improves warrior skills.  All ages.

Tāngata Whenua gallery Tūhura Otago Museum

Friday 24 June, 9.30‒10.30am; Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June, 1‒4pm. FREE

Contact: 034747474 |  otagomuseum.nz

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

Puaka Matariki Storytime Under The Stars

Come and snuggle on a beanbag under our gallery stars and listen to our storyteller read a selection of beautiful Matariki books for tamariki.  All ages.

Southern Land Southern People gallery Tūhura Otago Museum

Friday 24 and Saturday 25 June: 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm; Sunday 26 June: 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm. FREE

Contact: 034747474 |  otagomuseum.nz

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