2017 Festival Programme

31 May , 2017  

On this year’s programme, there’s something happenening in every corner of our fair city for everyone to get involved in celebrating the Dunedin Puaka Matariki Festival!


Mornington Playcentre Matariki Celebration

Friends, whānau, neighbours and life members are invited to learn about and celebrate Māori New Year at Mornington Playcentre with Puaka Matariki craft, kōrero, waiata, and shared kai.

Mornington Playcentre, 37 Durham Street, Mornington

Mornings throughout the month of June – contact the office for details. FREE
Contact morningtonplaycentre@gmail.com     021 086 55013     playcentre.org.nz


Story Telling at Matariki

Renowned local storyteller Kaitrin McMullan will entertain, amuse and delight Dunedin kindergarten children, teachers and whānau with Puaka Matariki stories from around the Pacific. Kindergartens will invite families and wider community to attend special gatherings, and depending on the time of day they will go outside and look for the ‘super stars’ of the sky.
Contact your local kindy for details.

Mana Manaaki Puawai o Ōtepoti – Dunedin Kindergartens

During June and into early July (before the end of term 2); various times – each kindergarten will host the story teller at a time to suit them. FREE
Contact lee@dk.org.nz     03 455 8892     dunedinkindergartens.org.nz


Māori Women’s Theatre Festival Whare Tapere

To celebrate Puaka Matariki 2017, this inaugural Māori Women’s Theatre Festival Whare Tapere features the premiere of Barrier Ninja: A Unique Verbatim Play about Hauora and Te Ao o Ngā Tokorima – a rangatahi workshop presentation that gives an audience a glimpse behind the theatre curtain of how theatre is created.
The Māori Women’s Theatre Festival is supported by Creative Communities and Māori Girl Creative.

Ngā Toi Theatre Workshops: Preparation for Puaka Matariki
Nau mai, haere mai! Come and join the fun learning the basics of being an actor, and the skills to devise a play. Attend all three workshops, then present what you have learnt in a public presentation during Puaka Matariki.
Te reo Māori and English will be used in all workshop. Sorry, no sign language yet.
Workshops facilitators: Tarn Felton, Julie Edwards, Emere Leitch-Munro and Georgia Latu.
Bring kai for a shared lunch. All ages can attend.

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ōtepoti, 378 Main South Road, Fairfield

Monday 5 June, Saturday 10 June and Sunday 11 June, 10am – 4pm. FREE
Register your interest with Fran Kewene 027 213 8638     f.kewene@gmail.com


A Shelter for Amnesic Relatives

Blue Oyster is excited to be joining in the festivities of Puaka Matariki for the sixth year, presenting A Shelter for Amnesic Relatives for the month of June.
Ammon Ngakuru (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Manipoto) from Tāmaki Makaurau explores notions of self-sufficiency, environmental instability, uncertainty, and the attempt (and potential failure) to exist outside of dominant cultural systems, and how we might find equivalences to or read this social situation from Aotearoa.
Everyone is welcome to participate in this opportunity to learn, share and understand more about contemporary Māori art.

Te Tio Kikorangi Blue Oyster Art Project Space, 16 Dowling Street, Dunedin

Saturday 10 June to Saturday 1 July; Tuesday to Friday, 11am – 5pm, Saturday 11am – 3pm. FREE
Artist’s Talk: Saturday 10 June, 12pm
Contact director@blueoyster.org.nz     03 479 0197     blueoyster.org.nz


Lee Ralph Goes South

Lee Ralph is revered by the hardcore skateboarding community as a pioneer and icon. In the late 1980s, Ralph went on a wild journey to the States, where he became part of the Vision Skateboard team alongside street skateboarding legend Mark Gonzales.
Hailing from Rawene in the Far North, Ralph has studied Māori carving since childhood. Ralph’s carvings speak to the preservation and continuation of culture, fusing modern materials such as spray paint and enamels with traditional Māori methodologies.
SAVOIE de LACY is pleased to announce a short-term residency by Lee Ralph and partner Tania Riki Riki. Feel free to drop by and meet them! The work will then be on show, in case you miss them.

SAVOIE de LACY, 285 Ravensbourne Road, Ravensbourne

Residency: Sunday 11 June – Saturday 17 June, 11am – 2pm, or by appointment (please email)
Opening: Thursday 15 June, 5pm – late; featuring live music and snacks
Thursday 15 June – Friday 4 August, by appointment only. FREE
Contact yonelwatene@savoiedelacy.com     021 051 8485     savoiedelacy.com


Tangaroa’s Sorrow

In 2050, the oceans will contain more plastic than fish.
Puaka Matariki is a time to reaffirm the principals and protocols that teach us how to live in balance with the natural world. Installation artist Kari Morseth invites viewers of Tangaroa’s Sorrow to contemplate the impact of our actions on the environment, and to consider how to protect and sustain our resources in the face of this unsettling prediction.

ANZ Display Window, 71 George St, Dunedin

Tuesday 13 June – Friday 23 June, anytime. FREE
Contact krmorseth@gmail.com


Musselburgh Celebration Matariki Māori New Year

The community of Musselburgh is invited to join in a day of wānaka and celebration of Māori New Year, opened by Musselburgh School kapa haka led by Whāea Jenny Donaldson and Moeraima Wetere with support from Matua Hata Timo.
Featuring an audio-visual presentation about the Matariki star cluster and planting traditions from kaikōrero Victoria Campbell, a talk about taiaha from kaiwhakaako rākau Vicky Totoro, and information about the correct way to gather weaving materials from kaiwhatu Heidi Holmes – there’s something for everyone!
Hāngī lunch tickets for sale from Whaea Jenny – $12 each.

Musselburgh School, 34 Marlow Street, St Kilda

Friday 16 June, 9am – 3pm
Contact j.r.donaldson@hotmail.com


Planning for the Next Planting Season

As part of the Enviroschools Dunedin Years 7-10 Hui, members of the public are invited to attend a session on planning for the next planting season.
Bring a sketch of your garden beds and what is currently in them. Use the Edible Gardening for Otago / Southland Schools booklet created by Enviroschools Dunedin, and the Vegetable Planting Calendar for Coastal Otago & Southland created for Enviroschools by Jason Ross of Habitate, to decide what, when and where to plant. Get support from Enviroschools staff, and use this time of reflection and planning to prepare a great edible garden for the next season.

Kākāpō Room, Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin

Friday 16 June, 1pm – 2pm. FREE
Contact anna.hughes@dcc.govt.nz to register your interest


Aihuka Art Auction

A Celebration of Kaitiakitaka: Te Ao Māori, Science, Nature and Art
Join us for an entertaining evening showcasing new works by an array of artists exploring kaitiakitaka – stewardship and sustainability. Enjoy the art then bid for your favourite!
Proceeds of the auction will help send five Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ōtepoti students to the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) in Toronto to present a one-hour workshop ‘Science through an indigenous lens – a moth study’, following their Ahi Pepe MothNet journey.
Ahi Pepe MothNet is a growing citizen science project that explores the network of connections and links that make up the ecological world. Its goal is to reconnect everyone, especially students, teachers and whānau with the natural world and use New Zealand moths as an indicator of functioning native ecosystems.
E iti noa ana nā te aroha – a small thing given with love.

Atrium Level 1, Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin

Friday 16 June, auction items on display from 10am to 5pm, auction from 6pm. $10 per ticket
Tickets include drink on arrival, canapes and live music
Purchase your tickets at otagomuseum.nz     Door sales available
Contact 03 474 7474


Kohae – New Light

Nau mai, titiro mai! Celebrate Puaka Matariki at Kohae – New Light, an exhibition showcasing local visual artists and the rich culture of Aotearoa. Featuring Kylie Miri Darragh, Lavinia Rose, Claire Beynon, Sarah Flourish, and Robert Piggott.

Robert Piggott Art Gallery, 8 Jetty Street, Dunedin

Friday 16 June – Tuesday 27 June, Saturdays and Sundays 10am – 4pm, Mondays and Tuesdays 12pm – 2pm. FREE
Opening: Friday 16 June, 5pm – 7.30pm
Contact art@robpiggott.com     021 106 2744     robpiggott.com



Following the success of his 2015 and 2016 Puaka Matariki group shows in Dunedin, Tokerau Wilson brings a fresh posse of Māori and Pasifika artists to the Community Gallery. Combining older established artists with younger new talents, the wānaka season is celebrated through building tuākana-tēina relationships. Wairua is inclusive, showing avant-garde and outsider artists alongside more conventional practices, with an emphasis on exploring what it means to be a Māori or Pasifika artist, and celebrating Puaka Matariki – bringing people together.
Wairua is supported by Creative New Zealand.

Community Gallery, 20 Princes Street, Dunedin

Opening: Friday 16 June, 5pm
Saturday 17 June – Thursday 22 June, 10am – 5pm. FREE.
Contact bigfatraro@hotmail.com     020 4106 2833     coconutclouds.com



Come stare at your star Te Rā, the sun – without burning your eyes! A large projection of the sun from solar telescopes in Dunedin, Dresden, and outer space is beaming in to warm up your winter. Check the Sunroom website for times of public discussions on astrophysics, energy, ecologies, and cosmologies – everyone is welcome.
Sunroom is supported by GigCity Community Fund through Urban Dream Brokerage with funding from Dunedin City Council.

23 Princes Street, Dunedin

Friday 16 June – Saturday 1 July, times vary (see the website sunroom.exchange). FREE
Contact 021 528 321     urbandreambrokerage.org.nz/dunedin


Māori Women’s Theatre Festival Whare Tapere

To celebrate Puaka Matariki 2017, this inaugural Māori Women’s Theatre Festival Whare Tapere features the premiere of Barrier Ninja: A Unique Verbatim Play about Hauora and Te Ao o Ngā Tokorima – a rangatahi workshop presentation that gives an audience a glimpse behind the theatre curtain of how theatre is created.

Barrier Ninja: A Unique Verbatim Play about Hauora is a one act verbatim play which explores the personal experiences of nine local Dunedin people about their hauora (health), and their interactions with the health system.
Devised by Fran Kewene. Directed by Julie Edwards. Actors: Matawai Uitime-Nicolls, Donna Thompson and Fran Kewene.

Fortune Theatre Studio, 231 Stuart Street, Dunedin

Friday 16 June and Saturday 17 June, 6pm. $10
Contact fortunetheatre.co.nz     03 477 8323


Tiki Taane Mahuta

Live music, theatre, aerial performance, contemporary dance, kapa haka, mau rākau and hip hop unite in Tiki Taane Mahuta, one of New Zealand’s largest nationally-devised productions ever. Nine of our nation’s leading performers will showcase on New Zealand’s greatest stages, while Tiki Taane plays his soundtrack live with support from Shapeshifter’s Sam Trevethick.
Tiki Taane Mahuta depicts two generations of New Zealand families and the tragedy, hope and redemption which connect them. Expanding beyond the 1996 and 2013 settings, the production explores the ancestral realm which oversees the characters’ whakapapa – genealogy. Tiki Taane Mahuta shows the importance of community rejuvenation and the strength found through connecting with whakapapa.

Regent Theatre, 18 The Octagon, Dunedin

Friday 16 June, 7pm – 9pm
Ticket prices vary; student discounts available – see takirua.co.nz/tiki-taane
Contact regenttheatre.co.nz     03 477 8597


Matariki – Journey to the Stars

Perpetual Guardian Planetarium show and field trip
Join us to celebrate Puaka Matariki with a planetarium show and a special guided field trip to the Otago Peninsula.
See a special show featuring traditional Māori and classical stories in our planetarium, then enjoy a heritage bus trip with the Otago Heritage Bus Society to view the stars. Once at the peninsula, listen to Māori stories of our night sky and look through telescopes guided by the Dunedin Astronomical Society.*
Experience the wonder of Matariki!
*If the weather is unsuitable, a trip will be made to the Beverly-Begg Observatory to look at Dunedin Astronomical Society telescopes. Visit our website for full details.

Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin

Saturday 17 June, 6.30am – 9am and 5pm – 7.30pm. KOHA (adult $10, child $5)
Bookings essential – book at the Otago Museum Info Desk
If you’re unable to book at the Info Desk, please email planetarium@otagomuseum.nz
Restricted to ages 4 years and up
Contact 03 474 7474     otagomuseum.nz


Matariki Makerspace

Self-guided, family-friendly activity
Celebrate the Māori New Year by crafting your own Matariki star wand.

Atrium Level 1, Otago Museum, 417 Great King Street, Dunedin

Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June, 10am – 3pm. FREE
Contact 03 474 7474     otagomuseum.nz


Ko Te Ao Tūroa – Into the World of Music

Expert Talk
Dr Jennifer Cattermole, Department of Music, Theatre and Performing Arts, University of Otago, presents findings from a pilot project connected with Marsden research on the origin and development of taoka puoro – Māori musical instruments.
Find out how traditional objects from the Museum collection were scanned to create 3D digital models and prints.
This is also an opportunity to make music with these models in the Museum’s Tāngata Whenua gallery.

Barclay Theatre, Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin

Saturday 17 June, 2pm. FREE – bookings essential
Book online at otagomuseum.nz or the Otago Museum Info Desk 03 474 7474


South Dunedin Puaka Matariki Community Celebration

South D residents are called to come together to celebrate the Māori New Year with their whānau and neighbours.
Join in a range of activities for all ages and stages, including weaving and making manu tukutuku, and celebrate the multicultural population of South Dunedin with performances from local culture groups, then sit down together over a shared meal and make new connections.

Bathgate Park School, 213 Macandrew Road, South Dunedin

Saturday 17 June, 2pm – 4.30pm. FREE
Contact southdunedincommunity@gmail.com     facebook.com/groups/friendsofsouthdunedin


Matariki Huka Nui

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 admirers” – this event will bring many people together to celebrate the strengths, the joy and the aroha within our community. All are welcome!
Matariki Huka Nui is supported by Auahi Kore.

Ngā Maara Hall, Sacred Heart School, 63 North Road, North East Valley

Saturday 17 June, school kapa haka performances 3.30pm – 4.30pm, hāngī 5.30pm. KOHA
Ticket required – collect from the Valley Project Community Rooms, 262 North Road, North East Valley, from Tuesday 6 June onwards, 9am-4pm
Please note ticket numbers are limited this year due to a smaller venue
Contact anna@northeastvalley.org    03 473 8614     northeastvalley.org


Māori Women’s Theatre Festival Whare Tapere

To celebrate Puaka Matariki 2017, this inaugural Māori Women’s Theatre Festival Whare Tapere features the premiere of Barrier Ninja: A Unique Verbatim Play about Hauora and Te Ao o Ngā Tokorima – a rangatahi workshop presentation that gives an audience a glimpse behind the theatre curtain of how theatre is created.

Te Ao o Ngā Tokorima is a public presentation demonstrating theatre skills that can be used to devise and perform theatre. This workshop will be different every time and will be presented by local rangatahi and tamariki.
Facilitators are Tarn Felton, Julie Edwards, Emere Leitch-Munro and Georgia Latu.

Fortune Theatre Studio, 231 Stuart Street, Dunedin

Saturday 17 June and Sunday 18 June, 3pm. $5
Contact fortunetheatre.co.nz     03 477 8323


Grasping The Ephemeral – Extracting Cultural Data from Māori Textiles

Expert Talk
University of Otago Senior Lecturer Dr Catherine Smith illustrates how the analysis of Māori textiles from South Island, New Zealand provides insight into pre-contact lifeways, and the value of using textile artefacts as a source of cultural data.

Barclay Theatre, Otago Museum, 417 Great King Street, Dunedin

Saturday 17 June, 3.30pm. FREE – bookings essential
Book online at otagomuseum.nz or the Info Desk
Contact 03 474 7474


Te Ao Mārama – Into the World of Light

Following the success of her recent Melbourne Fashion Festival debut, showing in the Global Indigenous Runway show, fashion designer and artist Amber Bridgman brings home her latest Kahuwai collection Te Ao Mārama for an exclusive evening celebrating couture and whanauakataka.
Embodying her Southern Māori whakapapa, and personal journey since the launch of the Kahuwai label 12 years ago, Bridgman’s collection features feathers, piupiu, screen-printed images, and deconstructed vintage attire. Talented local wāhine Māori will model the collection, alongside other award-winning garments and accessories by Kahuwai.
Ticket sales help get the Kahuwai collection to other international fashion shows. Check out KAHUWAI on Facebook for updates!

Benessere Studios, 5th floor, Capitol Building, 67 Princes Street, Dunedin

Saturday 17 June, 7pm – 9pm. $10 – tickets from eventfinda.co.nz; cash door sales available on the night
Contact kahuwaiclothing@gmail.com


Under the Southern Stars Flagstaff Community Church

A time to take stock and pass on knowledge

Haere mai! You are invited to our midwinter Matariki Celebration Service, celebrating Aotearoa New Year. It will be family time including children’s activities, kapa haka Tikanga Wakari, waiata, the Flagstaff Community Choir, stories, and shared kai.

Flagstaff Community Church, 9 Centennial Avenue, Wakari, Dunedin

Sunday 18 June, 9.30am – 12pm. FREE
Contact brendon@churchatflagstaff.co.nz      027 356 9200


Midwinter Kaumātua Luncheon

Dunedin kaumātua, elders, senior citizens – you are invited to celebrate Māori New Year at picturesque Ōtākou Marae. Enjoy a special Sunday roast and gentle entertainment, overlooking the sunlit harbour.
Tickets are $10 from the Rūnaka Office. Reservations are essential as seating is limited.
NB: Disability access – Hakuiao (the dining hall) is on a hillside; drop off and pick up at the South Door, via the second driveway by the water tank and mural.

Hakuiao, Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou Marae, 45 Tamatea Road, Ōtākou, Otago Peninsula

Sunday 18 June, 11am – 2.30pm
Contact office@tro.org.nz     otakourunaka.co.nz


Matariki Film Screening of Hau (12.26mins)

Join artist Kate Belton for a screening of her film Hau. Kate will talk a little about the making of this film, and the extended O Ratou Taonga Katoa (All Their Treasures) project that it is part of.
O Ratou Taonga Katoa explores the notion of promise and, ultimately, promises unfulfilled. In its verb form the Māori word taurangi means to guarantee, assure, promise or pledge, but can also mean incomplete, unfinished or unfulfilled.
The project title O Ratou Taonga Katoa (All Their Treasures) is taken from the Treaty of Waitangi, in which Māori were guaranteed rights to material and cultural resources, and “te tino rangatiratanga o ratou whenua kainga me o ratou taonga katoa”, which guaranteed the right to maintain governance and management over all their natural resources and land-holds, without interference from civil or military authority.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 30 The Octagon Dunedin

Sunday 18 June, 1pm – 2pm. FREE
Contact lcullen@dcc.govt.nz     03 474 3239     dunedin.art.museum


Flax and Māori Perfume RESCHEDULED

Come out to the stunning slopes of Orokonui to celebrate Māori New Year, and learn about traditional Māori preparation, application, and significance of perfume.
Join local weaver and Masters student Tania Manuhiri-Bell at her talk and walk around Orokonui’s pā harakeke (flax garden), where weaving plants and other taoka (treasured) species are grown, including kāretu (scented holy grass), the subject of Tania’s research.

Orokonui Ecosanctuary, 600 Blueskin Road, Waitati

Sunday 13 August, 2pm – 4pm. FULLY BOOKEDinfo@orokonui.nz

Contact chris@orokonui.nz     03 482 1755     orokonui.org.nz


Wilbur: The King in the Ring

Notable Pictures and Demand.Film bring this world-famous-in-Dunedin comedic documentary back to the star’s hometown for two special Puaka Matariki screenings. Revel in this triumphant celebration of mateship and pro-wrestling, and afterwards hear from Wilbur McDougall about how he fought his demons, and from University of Otago nutrition expert Dr Lisa Te Morenga about tackling one of the growing problems within our health system.

Metro Cinema, Town Hall Building, Moray Place, Dunedin

Sunday 18 June, 3.20pm and 7pm. $18.50 General Admission; $14 Student Admission
Tickets available from nz.demand.film/wilbur-the-king-in-the-ring/
Contact info@notablepictures.com


The Singing Dolphin: The Creation of Te Aihe i Waiata

In celebration of Matariki, Dunedin Public Libraries are delighted to welcome Otago University’s College of Education Children’s Writer in Residence, Dr Mere Whaanga.
An opportunity to enjoy a reading from Dr Mere Whaanga’s latest book, alongside a presentation of its beautiful illustrations.
Dr Whaanga discusses the writing and illustrating of The Singing Dolphin: Te Aihe I Waiata, her reasons for the bilingual format of the book, and some of the issues and advantage in writing bilingual text.

Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, Dunedin City Library, 230 Moray Place, Dunedin

Monday 19 June, 5.30pm. FREE
Contact library@dcc.govt     03 474 3690     dunedinlibraries.govt.nz


Te Pōuri ki Te Mārama

This midwinter, everyone is invited into the warmth of midtown gallery Studio2 to view Te Pōuri ki Te Mārama. Celebrating the dawning of a new year, this exhibition invites contemplation of the birth of the star Puaka and the star cluster Matariki, when Papatūānuku and Ranginui were separated by Tāne Mahuta. Works will explore the role of the stars at this time of year, and the journey towards the light of summer and the new life of spring.

Studio2 and Margaret Freeman Gallery, 83 Moray Place, Dunedin

Tuesday 20 June – Thursday 22 June, 9am – 4pm. FREE
Contact artstudio@xtra.co.nz     03 474 5949     facebook.com/MargaretFreemanGalleryAndStudio2


The Singing Dolphin: The Creation of Te Aihe i Waiata

Dunedin primary and intermediate schools are invited to bring their classes to meet the University of Otago College of Education Writer in Residence, Dr Mere Whaanga.
Enjoy a reading from Dr Whaanga’s latest book, and a presentation of its beautiful illustrations. Plus, a chance to ask questions about how to write and illustrate books.
The perfect introduction for children to the world of writing stories.

Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, Dunedin City Library, 230 Moray Place, Dunedin

Wednesday 21 June, 2pm
Contact Su Ikin 03 474 3626     Su.Ikin@dcc.govt.nz to register your interest


Waitati School Matariki Celebration

The Blueskin Bay community is invited to join in Māori New Year celebrations at Waitati School with karakia, waiata, hāngī prepared on-site, and a lantern parade.

Waitati School, Mount Cargill Road, Waitati

Wednesday 21 June, 4pm – 6pm. KOHA
Contact office@waitati.school.nz     03 482 2888     waitati.wordpress.com


Macandrew Bay School Matariki Celebrations

Bay whānau are invited to celebrate Māori New Year at Macandrew Bay School with kōrero, lantern craft and a procession. A hāngī put down in the morning will be lifted by the community around 5pm.
Hāngī must be prebooked at the school – $5 each.

Macandrew Bay School, 488 Portobello Road, Macandrew Bay

Wednesday 21 June, 4.30pm – 7pm
Contact admin@macandrewbay.school.nz     03 476 1004     macandrewbay.school.nz


Whakanui ia Matariki i Koputai – Celebrate Matariki at Port Chalmers

Port Chalmers Kindergarten welcome the Port Chalmers and Sawyers Bay communities to hear what local under five-year-old children have been learning about Matariki, and what these stars mean to them. There will be artistic creations, waiata, and the children will share their pepeha.
This season is a time to share, connect, and build relationships between the educational providers, families, children and the community. Nau mai, haere mai!

Pioneer Hall, George Street, Port Chalmers

Wednesday 21 June, 5.30pm – 7.30 pm. FREE

Contact portchalmers@dk.org.nz     03 472 8696


Tā Te Tamaiti Titiro

Join us for two powerful kapa haka performances by students of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ōtepoti, then enjoy an exhibition showcasing their art works reflecting on their learning through the Ahi Pepe MothNet project.
The students will also talk about their involvement in this collaborative project, sell their art work, and demonstrate how to set moth traps.

Atrium Level 1, Otago Museum, 417 Great King Street, Dunedin

Wednesday 21 June, 4.30pm and 6.30pm. FREE
Contact 03 474 7474 otagomuseum.nz
For queries about the art, contact kura@otepoti.school.nz     03 488 4722     otepoti.school.nz


Mid-Week Candle Matariki Remembrance Service

A time of reflection in acknowledging those who have gone before us

From Loss to Hope – family, physical, or job. The church will be open and warm. Come in to light a candle, pray, and have a coffee. And for those who would like to stay, there will be a short reflective remembrance service.

Flagstaff Community Church, 9 Centennial Avenue, Wakari, Dunedin

Wednesday 21 June, 4.30pm; service at 5.30pm. FREE
Contact brendon@churchatflagstaff.co.nz     027 356 9200


I Te Pō

Whakaroko mai! Robert Piggott Art Gallery presents an intimate evening performance of contemporary Māori song and music, amidst the Kohae – New Light Puaka Matariki exhibition of visual arts. Musicians include Emere Leitch-Munro and Aroha Ngatai. Refreshments provided.

Robert Piggott Art Gallery, 8 Jetty Street, Dunedin

Wednesday 21 June, 7pm – 9.30pm. KOHA – limited tickets, available by text 021 106 2744 BOOKED OUT
Contact art@robpiggott.com      robpiggott.com


Māori Hill School Puaka Matariki Celebration

Our event is the culmination of a week-long celebration of Puaka Matariki, where the children prepare for Puaka Matariki through sharing stories, language, art and music. We invite the community to join us for a dawn celebration and shared kai. Whānau and community members will be welcomed to the Hall with a kapa haka performance and Matariki kōrero. A shared breakfast will follow with a lantern walk back to school, ready to start our day.

Coronation Hall, 5 Balmacewen Road, Māori Hill

Thursday 22 June, 7.45am – 8.30am KOHA
Contact office@maorihill.school.nz     03 464 0184     maorihill.school.nz


Port Chalmers (Koputai) School Matariki Breakfast

Koputai community is invited to join in a breakfast celebration of Māori New Year with the students of Port Chalmers school, reflecting on the year that has been, sharing kai and knowledge about Puaka and Matariki, and planting fruit trees together for the future.

Port Chalmers School Hall, 30a Albertson Avenue, Port Chalmers

Thursday 22 June, 7.30am – 9am. KOHA
Contact office@portchalmers.school.nz     03 472 8685     portchalmers.school.nz


Opoho School Matariki

Nau mai, piki mai! The wider Opoho community is invited to join Puaka Matariki celebrations with the local tamariki. Enjoy kapa haka, kōrero, and a lantern parade, then round out the evening with hāngī prepared by the children under expert guidance.
Hāngī tickets available from the school – $10 each.

Opoho School, 96 Signal Hill Road, Opoho

Friday 23 June, 6pm – 9pm
Contact tscarf@opoho.school.nz     03 473 8019     opohoschool.iwarp.com


Brockville School Matariki Celebration

Piki mai, tautimai! Brockville folk are invited to Brockville School for Puaka Matariki legends, art work, writing, and songs, followed by shared kai. The children will finish their Maōri New Year celebration with a school disco.

Brockville School Hall, 263 Brockville Road, Brockville

Friday 23 June, 1pm – 3pm. FREE
Contact office@brockville.school.nz     03 476 3717


Te Aho Paihere Whare Tapere

Nau mai, tauti mai! Welcome to a feast of Māori arts, performance and hospitality in celebration of Puaka Matariki.
Following a Matariki performance in Queenstown, community kapa haka Te Aho Paihere are excited to show whānau, friends and neighbours their repertoire, as they prepare to compete in the up-coming Winter 10s competition.
Everyone is invited to enjoy this modern-day whare tapere at Araiteuru Marae, including kaputī during the interval.

Araiteuru Marae, 24 Shetland Street, Wakari

Friday 23 June, 6pm – 7.30pm. KOHA
Contact manawaenterprises@gmail.com     022 649 5164     teahopaihere.com


Midwinter Carnival

Dunedin’s Midwinter Carnival is a sparkling celebration of winter in the heart of the city! Each year the Carnival Art Team creates exciting new, themed art works and coordinates unique performances into a spectacular event for everyone to enjoy.
The highlight of every year is the Carnival Procession, featuring over a thousand people carrying hundreds of lanterns. Memorable moments include giant lanterns, costumed stilt walkers, dancers, and musicians. This year the theme is Nocturnal Nature.
Family lantern-making workshops are held on the three weekends prior to the event – book your space now before they fill up. You can also join the dozens of volunteers who help with preparations and on the night of the event. Visit our website’s Workshops and Volunteer pages to get involved!

The Octagon, Dunedin

Saturday 24 June, festivities from 5pm; parade from 6pm. KOHA
Contact paulsorrelsmith@gmail.com 021 150 9207     midwintercarnival.co.nz

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