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Turning Towards the Light

Turning Towards the Light

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  • Sun 26 Jun ’16, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 27 Jun ’16, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 28 Jun ’16, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 29 Jun ’16, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 30 Jun ’16, 10:00am – 5:00pm
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Wellington Museum, 3 Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Almost all cultures have a festival of light, often around solstice, or equinox. For Māori, this is Matariki. It is the time when we mourn those who have passed away, farewell the year that has just passed, and plan for the year to come. We turn our faces to the light so the shadows fall behind us, but first we recognise the shadows, and acknowledge their passing. As a time of reflection and acknowledgement of the past, Matariki is an opportunity to think about our history, and understand how it guides us in our potential futures.

During Matariki visitors are encouraged to write about their memories and plans and hang them in a gallery space.

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