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Matariki Festival

Matariki Festival

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  • Fri 29 Jun ’18, 10:30am
  • Sun 29 Jul ’18, 12:00pm


Great Barrier Island Sports & Social Club, Whangaparapara Rd, Great Barrier Island


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Celebrate Matariki on Great Barrier Island - an International Dark Sky Sanctuary. There's something on every weekend throughout July... events are free and family friendly.

29 June 10:30am
Children celebrate Matariki at the Art Gallery.

30 June 7am
Dawn ceremony/powhiri
Ngati Rehua Ngatiwai ki Aotea
Kawa Marae

30 June 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Star stories of Aotea
Kaumatua and Whanau
Claris Conference Centre

1 July 12 noon
Rocket making with Aerospace Education

1 July 6:30pm
Killer asteroids, Alan Gilmore Astronomer, Claris Conference Centre

6 July 6:30pm
Measuring the darkness (practical session) Nalayini Davies, Astronomer, 2 Moana View Rd

7 July 6:30pm
Pathfinder stars - Nalayini Davies, Claris Conference Centre

13 July 6:30pm
What's that star? With Grant Christie, Astronomer, Claris Conference Centre

14 July 2pm-10pm
Beginners guide to astronomy - Grant Christie, 2 Moana View Rd (limited to 20 participants)

15 July 11am
Make your own sundial, Claris Conference Centre

20 July 5pm
Family film night, Tryphena Club

21 July 6pm-10pm
Dark Sky photography workshop with Mark Russell, 2 Moana View Rd (limited to 10 participants)

21 July 6:30pm
The sounds of space with Tim Natusch,Astronomer, Claris Conference Centre

27 July - Mars in opposition

27 July 7 pm - 9pm
Mars on Medlands with Good Heavens Dark Sky Ambassadors, Medlands Beach

28 July 1pm - 2pm
Moondance with Ann Way, Claris Conference Centre

28 July 6pm
Festival closing
Twilight Ball
Tryphena Club

Keep an eye on greatbarrier.co.nz or Great Barrier Local Board Facebook page for any changes due to inclement weather.

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