Mend and Make Awesome

Why ‘make do’ when you can Mend and Make Awesome!? Join the #RepairRevolution with our friendly team of experienced menders and upcyclers to get inspiration and practical help turn flaws into favourite features. Absolute beginners most welcome.

This is a special Puaka Matariki Festival sewcial workshop open to all, supported by Creative New Zealand.

Valley Project Rooms, 262 North Road, North East Valley, Dunedin

Saturday 7 July, 1pm ‒ 4pm. Koha – $5 or fabric or notions for Swap Shop or plate for afternoon tea

Registration is recommended – visit

Contact 021 026 11412

Matariki Vintage Portraits – Ngā Rā o Mua, Days Gone Past

Celebrate days gone past with special Puaka Matariki portraits, professionally photographed by Imeleta Caldwell. Dress up in provided traditional and vintage Māori and Settler costume, and bring along any taoka or vintage items you wish to include in your 8×10 portrait. Brockville School pupil art works will make a suitably starry backdrop!

Brockville School Learning Centre, 263 Brockville Road, Brockville

Saturdays and Sundays, 7‒22 July, 10am ‒ 5pm. $25 per sitting

Book your one-hour session online at

Contact Irene Puru         027 266 2184    

Manu Tukutuku Workshop

The creation of Manu Tukutuku (traditional Māori kites) is a cultural practice that has been associated with the rise of Puaka and Matariki for centuries in Aotearoa.

Join Ngāi Tahu kaiako Wetere Home and Rachel Solomon-Gould for a demonstration of the techniques and mātauraka (knowledge) used to create a large Manu Tukutuku, then make your own small version with raw materials gathered from the ecosanctuary. This is a fun, family-friendly event where participants can immerse themselves our local Ngāi Tahu culture in celebration of Te Tau Hou, the Māori New Year. Nau mai, piki mai!

Orokonui Ecosanctuary, 600 Blueskin Road, Waitati


Saturday 7 July, 10am 4pm. $5


Contact           03 482 1755    

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


Bags For Good Sewing Bee

Join us to make Bags for Good for in use our community at the Blacks Road Green Grocers bag library!

Some previous sewing experience is preferred, but not essential – there are opportunities for everyone to join in the sewcial fun! If you can bring along a sewing machine, please do. Donations of fabric and thread are much appreciated.

Valley Project Rooms, 262 North Road, North East Valley, Dunedin

Saturday 7 July, 10am ‒ 1pm. FREE

Registration is recommended – visit


Kavanagh College Kapa Haka Whakatau ki te Tau Hou

To welcome in the Māori New Year, the Kavanagh College Kapa Haka will perform in celebration of the rise of the Matariki star cluster. Nau mai, tautimai!

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 30 The Octagon, Dunedin

Friday 6 July 10.30am. FREE

Contact       03 474 3249    

Port Chalmers School Matariki Breakfast

Our school Whānau Hui group invites parents, grandparents and the wider Port Chalmers community join in a breakfast celebration of the Māori New Year, to share the stories of Koputai and the new beginning of Matariki. The learners of Port Chalmers School and their whānau will be creating a stone and rock mural designed by local artist Manu Berry which relates the story of Matariki, each stone or rock sharing a sense of whanaukataka (belonging).

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

Friday 6 July, 7.30‒9.30am. FREE

Contact                03 472 8685

A celebration of living Ngāi Tahutanga: free film screenings for the festival of Puaka Matariki

Throughout July, Dunedin City Library will have the honour of screening the Ngāi Tahu Mahinga Kai and Ngā Ringa Toi o Tahu series of short films, celebrating what it is to be Ngāi Tahu in an exploration of the creative artistry and traditional practices of the iwi.

Brought to you by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Repeat screenings daily.

GigCity Living Hub, Ground Floor, Dunedin City Library, 230 Moray Place, Dunedin

Sunday 1 July ‒ Tuesday 31 July, all day. FREE

Contact library@dcc.govt            03 474 3690    


Mā te oro ka ora | OAR 105.4FM | 22 June 2018

This week we go into the University of Otago Library Hocken Collections with Jacinta Beckwith, Kaitiaki Mātauranga Māori and chat about the taoka that she looks after, and her Whakapapa Talk at the Hocken during the Puaka Matariki Festival.

Click here for the podcast.

Dunedin’s Puaka Matatriki Festival starts next week

Dunedin (Friday, 29 June 2018) – Dunedin’s annual celebration of the start of the Māori New Year, the Puaka Matariki Festival, begins next Friday, 6 July.

Marking the midwinter reappearance of the lone star Puaka (Rigel) and star cluster Matariki (Pleiades), the Puaka Matariki Festival is a time to reflect, prepare for the season ahead and farewell those who have passed on.

Festival Coordinator Vicki Lenihan says the start of this year’s festivities has been timed to follow advice from tohunga astronomer, Rangi Matamua, about the correct dates to observe the rising of the stars.

“With 46 events being held throughout the festival, right across the city, I hope everyone in Ōtepoti Dunedin finds a way to participate in our annual celebration of our stories, told by us. Whether you’re interested in astronomy, gardening, marine ecology, sailing, upcycling, live music, visual arts, dance – there’s something for you in this year’s programme.”

Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull, says the festival is a key fixture in the city’s event calendar.

“The Dunedin City Council recognises the significance of this time of year to mana whenua and takes great pride in celebrating Māori New Year through the Puaka Matariki Festival.

“It is a wonderful celebration of community and learning – two aspects of Dunedin culture we are deservedly well-known for. It’s great to see another expansive range of events in this year’s programme for the whole community to enjoy,” says Mr Cull.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the festival. The full programme is available on our Events page.

Nau mai, haere mai, tautimai!