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)
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
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
Atrium Level 1
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!
Daily, Saturday 4 – Sunday 19 July
Collect your free trail from the Otago Museum Info Desk
Roslyn Njenhuis photography
For the sixth year running, the North East Valley community will join together for shared kai and conversation as we enjoy a hāngī in celebration of the season.
The whakataukī or proverb “Matariki huka nui” means “Pleiades has many companions” – this event will bring many people together to celebrate the strengths, the joy and the aroha within our community, creating new connections and strengthening relationships. All are welcome!
Matariki Huka Nui is supported by Auahi Kore.
Ngā Maara Hall, Sacred Heart School, 63 North Road, North East Valley
Saturday 28 July, 2‒9pm. Koha
Ticket required – collect from the Valley Project Community Rooms, 262 North Road, North East Valley, Tuesday 3 July ‒ Friday 6 July and Tuesday 24 July ‒ Friday 27 July, 9am‒4pm
Ticket numbers are limited!
Contact email@example.com 027 300 8800 northeastvalley.org
Returning by popular demand! Te Roopū Tautoko ki Te Tonga is proud to again host the Puaka Matariki Festival’s longest burning star event. Grab the team, grab the guitar, and sing in the Māori New Year at Araiteuru Marae. Nau mai, haere mai, puoro mai – everyone is welcome!
Give it your solo or group best in one of three categories – tamariki and rakatahi (children and teens), kā mātua (parents), and kaumātua (elders). The whole whānau is encouraged to participate, or enjoy the spectacle.
Araiteuru Marae, 24 Shetland Street, Wakari
Thursday 26 July, 6‒9.30pm. FREE
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 027 555 5522
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
Nau mai ki tō tātou nei ao, te ao o Te Aho Paihere!
Community kapa haka Te Aho Paihere invite everyone to celebrate the season in song, as we close the Puaka Matariki Festival. Two years have passed since Te Aho Paihere first came together, and this performance will reflect on the journey so far with a bracket of kapa haka compositions from the group.
Come early for a good seat, and stay for kaputī after!
Community Gallery, 20 Princes Street, Dunedin
Sunday 22 July, 3.30pm – doors open 11am. FREE
Contact email@example.com 022 6495164 teahopaihere.com
From contemporary to traditional, the nostalgia of Hineraukatauri will resonate through the gifts that the Māori musicians will share. Come along and enjoy the experience and gift of Māori music.
Toitū OSM Josephine Foyer, 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin
Sunday 22 July, 1.30pm. FREE
Contact 03 477 5052 toituosm.com
Join expert weaver Blondie Ngamoki for this all-ages star-making workshop and take your harakeke whetū creation home! Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 30 The Octagon, Dunedin
Sunday 22 July, 1‒3pm. FREE
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 03 474 3249 dunedin.art.museum