In support of Aotearoa’s continued learning behind the meaning and importance of Matariki and the Māori New Year, the Homestead Galleries present a group exhibition of Māori artists; each showing works that speak to ngā whetu (the stars), Puanga and the Matariki cluster.
Kōrero tuku iho (traditions, stories of the past) differ between iwi and whānau. While some herald the new year with the Matariki star cluster, others cannot see Matariki from their rohe (region) and celebrate a star named Puanga instead. Through the group’s distinctive methods of storytelling and their own personal perspectives, 'Ngā Whetu' offers a rich view into the significance of these stars as they pertain to tangata whenua (people of the land).
Opening Friday 2 June, 6-8pm.
'Ngā Whetu' is part of Matariki Festival 2023.