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Matariki ki Te Whare Taonga o Waikato - Taatai Whetuu

6 July 2019

Free event

10.30am - 4.30pm

Our Matariki in the Museum is an interactive day where you can take part, listen, learn, watch, make and take something meaningful about Matariki away with you.


10.30am - 11am: Mihi Whakatau, Waiata (Marae Aatea)


11am - 1pm: Whakapapa Wananga (Lecture theatre)

Join Manukau Lewis as he acknowledges Tainui tuupuna depicted in the carvings of our Whare Waka. This koorero and workshop will be of interest to those who wish to further explore their Tainui whakapapa.

Please note that this event requires registration. Click here to register.


11am - 1pm: Taniwha Ventures - Matariki performance and interactive demonstration (Marae Aatea)

  • Waiata and Kapa Haka
  • Poi actions
  • Ngaa Taonga Taakaro (traditional Maaori games)


1pm - 1.30pm: Transformations - From the Roots Up (Lecture theatre)

Meet with Shepherd Isaac, a co-creator of an animation "Totara, a story from the roots up" which tells the story of the changes the Totara tree has seen, and how we, the community can restore its habitat. Shepherd is joining us to show the animation and talk about his role in the community and restoration work committed to improving Waikato environment for today and for future generations.


1.30pm - 3.30pm: Taniwha Ventures - Matariki performance and interactive demonstration (Marae Aatea)

  • Mau rakau
  • Ngaa Taonga Taakaro (traditional Maaori games)
  • Waiata and Kapa Haka


2pm - 3pm: Lecture and workshop - Ka aho mai te whetuu - the shining star (Lecture theatre)

Curator Poutiaki Whakataki Maree Mills (Ngaati Tuwharetoa) takes direction from our tuupuna to cope with accelerated change. This lecture and workshop is directed at creative practitioners who need tools to help them navigate a faster future. 

Please note that this event requires registration. Click here to register.


11am - 4.30pm: A Cluster of stars - Weaving (Gallery 12a)

Local artists will be working on their projects and demonstrating their love of weaving. Please come and watch, ask questions about the process and learn from their skill.