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Matariki Whānau Night

Matariki Whānau Night

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  • Sat 18 Jun ’16, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Sat 18 Jun ’16, 7:00pm – 9:00pm


Rotorua Museum, Oruawhata Drive, Government Gardens, Rotorua


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $5.00
  • Child (5 - 15yrs): $3.00
  • Under 5's free: $0.00

Bring the family to Rotorua Museum to share in our fun Matariki celebrations.

Experience the story of Te Ao (The World) through karetao pūoro (Māori puppets and instruments) by the incredibly talented James Webster and his team. Enjoy interactive story-telling sessions and kapa haka performances from local schools. Throughout the evening visitors can enjoy face painting and a range of Matariki themed crafts.

Come and explore the newly opened family and science based exhibition Sunlight. Go on a treasure hunt using a UV torch and find invisible numbers hidden within the exhibition space. There will be something to keep the whole family entertained.

Advanced bookings are essential. We will be running two sessions throughout the evening. The first session runs from 5pm until 7pm, and the second session will go from 7pm until 9pm.

- 5pm- Event begins – Early ticket session 1 (5-7pm). Face painting, crafts and the Sunlight exhibition are available all night.
- 5:20pm - Storytime one begins in mezzanine.
- 5:45pm - Te Ao performance One begins in lower foyer.
- 6:30pm - Kapa haka Performance One begins in lower foyer stairs.
- 7pm - Early ticket session 1 concludes and Late ticket session 2 begins.
- 7:20pm - Te Ao Performance two begins in lower foyer.
- 8:05pm - Kapa haka Performance Two begins in lower foyer stairs.
- 8:30pm - Storytime Two begins in mezzanine.
- 9pm - Event concludes.

Tickets are on sale from Rotorua Museum reception.

Matariki is a star cluster which appears in the Southern skies during the winter months and is also known as Pleiades. It signals the beginning of the Māori New Year and about 500 stars make up the cluster, but only seven can be seen clearly with the naked eye here in Aotearoa.

Traditionally, Matariki was a time to remember those who had died the previous year. But it was also a happy event - crops and other food had been harvested or collected, so with plenty of food in the storehouses, Matariki was a time for singing, dancing and feasting.

Today, Matariki celebrations happen all over the country and allow us to come together to celebrate the unique land and culture in which we live. Matariki has grown in popularity to be widely recognised as a uniquely “New Zealand Thanksgiving”.

During the Matariki Whānau Night the Museum Café will be open until 8:30pm for coffee and cookies, hot snacks and a range of café specials.

For further information contact Rotorua Museum - rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz.

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