Mārama ā-Whetū: Light of the Stars

Planetarium Show

 Mārama ā-Whetū: Light of the Stars explores Māori sky lore, myths and legends relating to the southern night sky. The show tells of the Polynesian explorers who navigated across the ocean to Aotearoa New Zealand, and highlights New Zealand’s most significant astronomical features.

 Perpetual Guardian Planetarium, Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin

Monday 16 July to Sunday 22 July, 1.30pm. $10 adult, $7 child (3‒18 years)
Concession offered with ID; tickets available online or from the Otago Museum Shop

Contact 03 474 7474      otagomuseum.nz

Mārama ā-Whetū: Light of the Stars

Planetarium Show

 Mārama ā-Whetū: Light of the Stars explores Māori sky lore, myths and legends relating to the southern night sky. The show tells of the Polynesian explorers who navigated across the ocean to Aotearoa New Zealand, and highlights New Zealand’s most significant astronomical features.

 Perpetual Guardian Planetarium, Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin

Monday 16 July to Sunday 22 July, 1.30pm. $10 adult, $7 child (3‒18 years)
Concession offered with ID; tickets available online or from the Otago Museum Shop

Contact 03 474 7474      otagomuseum.nz

Mārama ā-Whetū: Light of the Stars

Planetarium Show

 Mārama ā-Whetū: Light of the Stars explores Māori sky lore, myths and legends relating to the southern night sky. The show tells of the Polynesian explorers who navigated across the ocean to Aotearoa New Zealand, and highlights New Zealand’s most significant astronomical features.

 Perpetual Guardian Planetarium, Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin

Monday 16 July to Sunday 22 July, 1.30pm. $10 adult, $7 child (3‒18 years)
Concession offered with ID; tickets available online or from the Otago Museum Shop

Contact 03 474 7474      otagomuseum.nz

Hāhakaranga Dance performance directed by Ake Ake Theatre Company

Celebrate Puaka Matariki with your whānau! Come on a journey into the vastness of Māori astronomy as dancers weave together a beautiful family performance exploring the Matariki constellation.

This community dance-theatre performance is a Science and Arts collaboration between Māori art practitioners and local dancers inspired by the work of Dr Rangi Matamua.

Toitū OSM Josephine Foyer, 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin

Sunday 15 July, 2–3pm. FREE

Contact 03 477 5052      toituosm.com

Beyond Big Bang CANCELLED

CANCELLED

Rua McCallum will give a talk that gives an interpretation of a Kāi Tahu creation narrative, looking at how we might have known about these events especially when science is only making these discoveries now.

Toitū OSM Auditorium, 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin

Sunday 15 July, 11.30am. FREE

Contact 03 477 5052      toituosm.com

Matariki Beliefs and Customs in Modern Society

Rangi Matamua

In the past 30 years there has been a massive surge in interest around Matariki, and in Aotearoa today we see numerous events and celebrations occurring across the country during mid-winter paying homage to this star cluster. However, what is often missing from our modern observation of Matariki is any acknowledgement of its traditional practice. This talk will highlight some of the central Māori beliefs and customs associated with Matariki to support our growing understanding of its role in our modern society.

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

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

Saturday 14 July, 11am. FREE – registration required

Register through Eventbrite at matarikibeliefs.eventbrite.co.nz

Contact 03 474 7474      otagomuseum.nz

Future’s Past: Navigating Through History

Rangi Matamua, Ian Taylor, Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr and Chadd ‘Ōnohi Paishon

What does the future hold and how do we use our knowledge to understand it further? Renowned guests talk about their understanding of the future through knowing the past, via fields they’ve excelled in – technology, astronomy and marine navigation.

This event is part of the Kaupapa Waka series presented by the New Zealand International Science Festival and supported by the University of Otago Te Koronga and Auahi Kore.

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

Friday 13 July, 5.30pm. $12 adult, $6 child

Tickets available through Eventbrite at navigatingthroughhistory.eventbrite.co.nz

Contact 03 474 7474      otagomuseum.nz

Matariki Flag-making Workshop with Simon Kaan

Make your own Matariki flag! Join celebrated Ngāi Tahu artist Simon Kaan in researching Māori astronomical understanding of the Matariki cluster, then create your very own printed Matariki star flag to take home.

Part of the Hāhakaranga Arts and Science Project.

Toitū OSM Josephine Foyer, 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin

Monday 9 July, 9am ‒ 12pm and 1‒4pm. FREE – bookings essential

Book at the Toitū reception desk or by telephone

Contact 03 477 5052      toituosm.com

Simon Kaan – Ngā Ringatoi o Tahu

Dance workshop with Lou Potiki Bryant

Get involved in the Puaka Matariki Festival with this fun workshop in contemporary Māori dance with one of Aotearoa’s most acclaimed dancers. All levels of dance experience welcome.

Part of the Hāhakaranga Arts and Science Project.

Toitū OSM Auditorium, 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin

Saturday 7 July, 10am ‒ 12pm. FREE – bookings essential

Book at the Toitū reception desk or by telephone

Contact 03 477 5052      toituosm.com