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Matariki Holiday Programme at the Maritime Museum

09 Jul 2018 - 20 Jul 2018


Monday 9 July 2018, 10.00am - Friday 20 July 2018, 4.00pm

School holiday activities: weekdays 10am-5pm (final public admissions are at 4pm each day)


NZ Maritime Museum, Auckland Viaduct

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$5 per child for holiday activities


Star dome experience with Te Toki Voyaging Trust: Mon 9 July - Sun 15 July:  

Be immersed in a world of stars, sea and waka kaupapa inside a blow up star dome with ocean navigators from Te Toki Voyaging Trust.

Waka Warriors screenings: Mon 16 July - Fri 20 July

Follow the transformation of three rangatahi in the epic television series, Waka Warriors, as they vie for a place onboard a fleet of voyaging canoe, one of which, Haunui, sits in the herenga waka (marina) of the museum.

Led by waka legend Hoturoa Barclay – Kerr (Tainui) and skipper Frank Kawe (Ngāti Kahungunu) three young Māori will be mentored in the ancients laws of voyaging, disconnecting from every day life to recdonnect with their culture and ancestry onboard waka Haunui.

Daily Matariki themed activities: Mon 9 July - Fri 18 July

Make a simple print to take home with our friendly experience hosts.

Share your new year resolutions on a star wall and share messages to loved ones that have come before you.

WAI.TAI and Kai: Sun 15 July, 12.30pm-1.30pm

WAI.TAI and Kai is a collaboration of musicians who create the wairua-imbued sounds of Māori world music, directed by Robyn Kamira, with delicious, modern Māori kai from the Pūhā & Pākehā food truck. 

About Matariki

Matariki is a star cluster which appears in the night sky during mid-winter. According to the Maramataka (the Māori lunar calendar), the reappearance of Matariki, brings the old lunar year to a close and marks the beginning of the new year. Hence, Matariki is associated with the Māori New Year.

Traditionally, festivities were conducted to celebrate Matariki, they followed the harvesting of crops when the pātaka (food) storehouses were full, freeing up time for family and leisure. These festivities included the lighting of ritual fires, the making of offerings, and celebrations of various kinds to farewell the dead, to honour ancestors, and to celebrate life.

Tohunga (spiritual) experts looked to the Matariki star cluster to find out how abundant the upcoming year’s harvest would be. Bright, clear stars promised a warm and successful season. Hazy stars, however, warned of cold weather and poor crops.

This event is part of Matariki Festival, taking place 30 June–22 July.