Ngā mihi o te Tau Hou 2021!

Happy Māori New Year 2021!

Matariki is a special time to celebrate the rising of the star cluster that heralds in the Māori New Year. It’s a time to create a foundation of positive growth and development.

This year we had amazing activities and a funfilled programme for all the family to join in.

Front Porch Gallery

Visitors were invited to add to our community Matariki Star Constellation, by choosing a coloured star to add their special inspiring wish for loved ones or themselves. The result, a full wall of wishes for the coming year, what an awesome turn out!

Throughout the Museum – find your lucky star!

A great activity for young visitors to search out where staff hid the seven stars of Matariki around the Museum. There were lots of winners but the best was seeing all the young visitors enjoying the Museum trail and finding out, there was a lot more to do in the Museum than just look for stars!

Tui & Tama Club Event

Club members were invited to a special Matariki book event with Kat Quin and her latest book, ‘Flit the Fantail and the Matariki Map!

It was a great afternoon full of wonder and creativity that everyone enjoyed, and we had lots more children sign up to be Tui & Tama Club members!

Matariki Star Installation with Oriwa!

A free Saturday workshop for everyone to make eight pointed stars and add them to the ‘Matariki Star Installation’, on show during the month of Matariki. This was so popular, we extended over the holidays!

Matariki Activity Programme

The tradition of Matariki came alive through creative activities at the Museum. Our biggest take up of Matariki programmes, saw everyone enjoying Make your own Poi, Tī Rākau Stick Game, and Ukulele with Oriwa and Awatea! It was so great to see everyone enjoying themselves and coming back in for more. Thank you to Creative Communities Waipā District Council for supporting our local artists to run these workshops for our community.

A simple way to spread good wishes at this time of year!

July 2021