Dunedin Puaka Matariki Festival 17 – 23 June 2017

Tākina mai rā te huihuika o Matariki, o Puaka, o Tautoru, o Takurua. Ko Puaka ki ruka hai tohu o te wā, kia rite ai kā tākata. Kia whakakau ake a Matariki ka pānuitia ia whetū e taea ai te matapae i te tau e tū mai nei. He wā hoki kia poroporoaki ai te huka mate o te tau ka huri.

Kua kohia kā tipu kia tāpaea ki a Matariki. Ko te manaaki, ko te atawhai i te taiao ētahi kaupapa nui mō te whakanui i a Matariki kia whakamanawatia te whenua me te wai. Tērā a Waitī, a Waitā, a Waipuna-ā–raki, a Tupuāraki, a Tupuānuku, a Ururaki, kia mahara hoki tātou ki te tiaki i te ao tūroa, mō tātou ā mō kā uri ā muri ake nei.

Tērā hoki a Hiwaiteraki hai awhero o kā wawata. Horahia nuitia mai kā hua tuawhiti mātinitini o te tau.

For centuries, people across the world have observed the rising and setting of stars as indicators of seasonal change and prosperity. In Aotearoa New Zealand, the reappearance of the constellations Matariki (Pleiades) and Tautoru (Orion), and the stars Puaka (Rigel) and Takurua (Sirius), represents this transformation.

The reappearance of Puaka and Matariki marks a change in season and signals a time for reflection and to celebrate those who have died. Māori New Year is typically celebrated at the first new moon after the reappearance of Matariki and Puaka, which this year will be on Saturday 24 June.

In 2017, we will hold our festival from Saturday 17 June to Friday 23 June.

Puaka Matariki Festival contestable funding has been allocated for this year’s programme, which will be published soon.

For more information, please email puakamatariki@gmail.com.

Heramaahina Eketone (Ngāti Maniapoto; Waikato) designed the beautiful artwork that adorned the Puaka Matariki Festival programme and promotions last year.
Tracey Tawhiao (Ngāi Te Rangi; Whakatōhea; Tūwharetoa) provided this stunning design for the Puaka Matariki Festival in 2015.
Video produced by IXIST for 2014 Festival Launch. Screened at the DPAG with waiata by Irie Simpson 'e hine'. Video shows images of 2013 Festival design of Ranginui and the 2014 Festival design of Papatuanuku both by IXIST.

Events

News

The Visibility of Puaka (Rigel) and the Matariki (Pleiades) Star Cluster.

8 May , 2017   News

This article is by Alan Gilmore, former superintendent of the University of Canterbury Mount John Observatory at Tekapo. The Earth circles the Sun through the year. This causes the Sun to appear to move a little east against the background stars each day. We take our time from the sun, not from the stars, so...

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Festival Design

19 May , 2016   News

Heramaahina Eketone (Ngāti Maniapoto; Waikato) designed the beautiful artwork that adorned the Puaka Matariki Festival programme and promotions last year.   The whakaaro behind her design is navigation, whether through something in particular or life in general. The weaving illustrates how we are all woven together and that with the right tools, like our tīpuna, can sail...

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