Tūhura Taster at the Golden Centre

Puaka and Matariki are rising – have you seen them? Come by Otago Museum’s pop-up at the Golden Centre to learn how to find them, what they mean for us here on Earth, and what they can tell us about the life cycles of stars.

This event is presented by the New Zealand International Science Festival.

Midwinter Makerspace

Celebrate Māori New Year by crafting your own origami Hiwa-i-te-raki wishing star, or make a Matariki shadow card, take it home and shine a torch through it to see the Matariki cluster light up your wall!

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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.

Puaka + Matariki Gallery Trail

Explore the significance of Puaka and meet Te Iwa o Matariki – the nine stars of the Matariki cluster – in our newest gallery trail.

Puaka Matariki Community Day at Araiteuru Marae

Araiteuru Marae and Otago Museum bring you an action-packed day of fun for the whole whānau. Learn about the traditions and science of Puaka and Matariki and celebrate the cycling of the seasons: join in StarLab sessions, interactive science demos, a live show of Te Ao Hurihuri, and hāngī!

Nau mai, haere mai – everyone is welcome!

Araiteuru Marae, 24 Shetland Street, Wakari

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

Otago Museum – Puaka Matariki Makerspace

Puaka Matariki is a time for celebration, reflection, sharing knowledge, and preparing the soil for the next harvest.

This colder time is also a great excuse to come to the Makerspace tables and get crafting. Get creative making your own Puaka Planisphere greeting card and a super cool Twirly Whirly.

These self-guided, family-friendly activities are a great way to spend an hour, or three!

All day, Monday 6 – Friday 17 July
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Otago Museum – Puaka Matariki Gallery Trail

Puaka Matariki is a time for celebration, reflection, sharing knowledge, and preparing the soil for the next harvest. This colder time is a great excuse to explore the Museum, wander the galleries, and discover something new.

Otago Museum gallery trails are a perfect day out during long school holidays. Take your favourite small person on a hunt through the Museum and follow the clues to collect your reward!

OM Gallery Trail

Daily, Saturday 4 – Sunday 19 July

Collect your free trail from the Otago Museum Info Desk

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