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Otago Museum – Puaka Matariki Gallery Trail

Tūhura Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Ōtepoti Dunedin, Otago

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

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Otago Museum – Puaka Matariki Makerspace

Tūhura Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Ōtepoti Dunedin, Otago

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

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

Tūhura Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Ōtepoti Dunedin, Otago

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

$7 – $12
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Otago Museum – Puaka Matariki @ OM

Tūhura Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Ōtepoti Dunedin, Otago

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,

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Puaka + Matariki Gallery Trail

Tūhura Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Ōtepoti Dunedin, Otago

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

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Matariki Ahuka Nui

Tūhura Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Ōtepoti Dunedin, Otago

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

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Midwinter Makerspace

Tūhura Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Ōtepoti Dunedin, Otago

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! Atrium 1  

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Puaka Matariki Storytime Under The Stars

Tūhura Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Ōtepoti Dunedin, Otago

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.

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Make a Wishing Candle

Tūhura Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Ōtepoti Dunedin, Otago

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

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Taoka Puoro – Māori Musical Instruments

Tūhura Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Ōtepoti Dunedin, Otago

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

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Solar Telescopes on the Museum Reserve

Tūhura Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Ōtepoti Dunedin, Otago

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:

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Puaka Matariki Makerspace

Tūhura Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Ōtepoti Dunedin, Otago

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

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Catch Your Kai Game

Tūhura Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Ōtepoti Dunedin, Otago

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:

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Kōrero with Kiringāua

Tūhura Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Ōtepoti Dunedin, Otago

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 –

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Tītī Tōrea Game

Tūhura Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Ōtepoti Dunedin, Otago

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

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Interactive Poi Workshop

Tūhura Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Ōtepoti Dunedin, Otago

Come along and learn the rhythmic fundamentals of poi movement.  Build your skills and learn contemporary tricks and techniques.  Suitable for ages 5 and over – under 14s must be accompanied by an adult. Hutton Theatre Tūhura Otago Museum Friday 24 – Sunday 26 June, 11.30am – 12pm and 1pm – 1.30pm. FREE – bookings

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Waiata with Tenaya Brown

Tūhura Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Ōtepoti Dunedin, Otago

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

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