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Matariki 2020

Matariki 2020

DATES

22 June – 26 July 2020

Each year the star cluster Matariki disappears from our skies in May. This year it returns between 13 and 20 July.

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The Matariki star cluster. Image: Juan Iacruz, CC BY-SA 4.0

This marks the start of the Māori New Year, a time to celebrate and come together with whānau, friends and communities. It’s when we maumahara (remember) the people who came before us and when we share knowledge, traditions and skills through wānanga (learning).  It is a time to have fun and celebrate with a hākari (feast) and look forward to the year ahead.

Canterbury Museum, the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, the International Antarctic Centre and South Canterbury Museum have joined together to give you a variety of activities to complete. Follow the links, gather your whānau and friends and have some fun celebrating Matariki together.

Make Your Own Kite

Air Force Museum of New Zealand

Make a Hanging Star

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū

Antarctic Stardome and Matariki

International Antarctic Centre

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Open daily from 10am to 4pm (except Christmas Day)
Entry to the Museum is free, donations are appreciated.

45 Harvard Ave, Wigram, Christchurch | 03 343 9532

We welcome visitors of all abilities

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