Celebrate Matariki

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Check out all these great events as part of Matariki celebrations in the Wairarapa:

Matariki at Pukaha
19 June - 31 July, Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre Masterton
Pūkaha has Matariki covered with a cultural tour (Bookings essential), demonstrations at the Whare Whakairo (carving studio), Māori inspired cuisine at Kākā Café and much more. 

Within The Hours of Darkness Exhibition
19 June - 8 August Aratoi, Wairarapa Museum of Art and History
Wellington and Wairarapa based artists show the night sky through their own photographs that celebrate darkness and the rising of the star cluster Matariki.

Matariki Whānau Activities
1 July - 25 July Aratoi, Wairarapa Museum of Art and History
Come and explore the stars of Matariki through the environment and art, mixing together large-scale building and traditional craft, weaving, stories and more.

Saturday 3 July

Matariki Art in the Park
Sat 3 July 10am - 3pm, Stella Bull Park
A community event celebrating Matariki Art, created by the talented art students and children of Greytown.

Poi Poi (Poi Art) Workshop
Sat 3 July 11am - 1pm Cobblestones Museum
Come along to learn the art of making and using poi to enhance your wellbeing, flexibility and coordination.

Discover Matariki: The Origin Story
Sat 3 July 5 - 5.45pm Greytown Town Hall
Find out all the answers to Matariki: what it is, how it was named, an introduction to the nine stars within the Matariki cluster, and learn about traditional Matariki celebrations.

Sunday 4 July

Ceremony at Lake Wairarapa
Sunday 4 July 5am - 8am Lake Domain
A traditional Matariki ceremony made up of three parts, followed by breakfast, song and dance. RSVP here. 

Saturday 10 July (school holidays)

Matariki Art in the Park
Sat 10 July 10am - 3pm, Stella Bull Park
A community event celebrating Matariki Art, created by the talented art students and children of Greytown.

Poi Poi (Poi Art) Workshop
Sat 10 July 11am - 1pm Cobblestones Museum
Come along to learn the art of making and using poi to enhance your wellbeing, flexibility and coordination.

Celebrate Matariki at Cobblestones
Sat 10 July 1pm - 5pm Cobblestones Greytown
Play traditional Maori games, make poi, and hear the origin story of Matariki from Greytown's own TiMaTa Collaborations. 

Discover Matariki: The Origin Story
Sat 10 July 5 - 5.45pm Greytown Town Hall
Find out all the answers to Matariki: what it is, how it was named, an introduction to the nine stars within the Matariki cluster, and learn about traditional Matariki celebrations.

Under the Stars in Stella Bull Park
Sat 10 July 5.30pm - 7.30pm, Stella Bull Park Greytown
Armed with telescopes and laser pointers, The Under The Stars team will show you Jupiter, Saturn, the Moon and loads of other cool celestial bodies. 

Under the Stars Amazing Race
Sun 11 July 2pm Carterton
This app based space race game is a perfect family activity ideal for children aged 8-12.

Star Gazing at Dalefield School
Thurs 15 July 5.30pm Dalefield School
Come along for a journey of the night sky this winter with 'Under the Stars' Astronomy Guides who will take you on a journey through constellations and have you mesmerised by the planets.

Under the Stars in Stella Bull Park
Sat 17 July 5.30pm - 7.30pm, Stella Bull Park Greytown
Armed with telescopes and laser pointers, The Under The Stars team will show you Jupiter, Saturn, the Moon and loads of other cool celestial bodies. 

More Winter Festivals in the Wairarapa
With two winter festivals this July, we've rounded up this handy week by week list of events, concerts, workshops, markets, family activities and more as part of the Carterton Heart of Winter Festival and the Greytown Festival of Christmas.

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