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

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