Matariki – The Light Within at Auckland Museum


Matariki – The Light Within at Auckland Museum
Matariki - the Light Within is an event for you and your family to honour the traditions of Matariki - to remember, to learn, to grow and to celebrate with a free evening of exploring the Māori and Pacific galleries of Auckland Museum which will be enlivened through lights, music, dance, stories and hands-on activities for all ages.

The first sighting of the nine stars of Matariki marks the dawning of the Māori New Year; a time for family and friends to reflect on the past, to remember those who are no longer with us, and to prepare for the year ahead.

Join the Auckland Museum in celebrating Matariki – the Light Within, a family-friendly evening of light-hearted entertainment and fun.  Activities are available for adults and children alike- kiri tuhi or face-painting, and make your own porotiti- designed to bring out the “inner light” in fun and simple ways. 

Choose to follow the lit pathway into the Maori court where the Learning Team will share stories of Matariki, and discover hidden areas in the Maori and Pacific Galleries with story, music, traditional games and taonga handling. 

The Museum invite you to bring a family picnic basket, and enjoy Maori entertainment at its finest. Let’s celebrate Matariki together! 


When: Thursday 12 July, 6.30PM – 9PM

Where: Auckland Museum



6.30pm Atrium Station activities begin- get your moko, make a porotiti, or kiri tuhi- face painting! Entertainment from Heart and Soul Band Collective. 
7.00pm Te Kāhui Whetū o Matariki with Haka The Legend
7.15pm Opening mihi with Matua Bobby Newson
7.20pm Haka The Legend continues
7.30pm Heart & Soul Band Collective
7.30pm Maori Court Station activities begin- GLOW with our kemu, make illuminating music and discover migrational treasures!
8.30pm All activity stations will close 
8.55pm Closing Karakia with Matua Bobby Newson
9.00pm Event finishes


Please note: there will be no food or drink available for purchase and is an alcohol-free, drug-free event. 


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