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Matariki Whanau Night


Sat 28 Jun 2014, 5:00pm–9:30pm

Where: Rotorua Museum, Oruawhata Drive, Government Gardens, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Adult: $5.00
  • Child (5-15 years): $3.00
  • Child (under 5 years): $0.00 ($0.00)
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Listed by: Rotorua Museum

Bring the family down to Rotorua Museum to share in our fun Matariki celebrations on Saturday 28 June 2014, from 5pm until 9.30pm.

With storytelling, arts and crafts, face painting, star gazing (weather permitting!) and more, there will be something to keep the whole family entertained.

The Travelling Tuatara’s will captivate young audiences with interactive performance adventures. There will be two fun performances throughout the evening at 6.00pm and 7.30pm with audience participation.

Come and view the stars in Starlab – our cool, inflatable planetarium. Five sessions will run through the night (5pm, 5.30pm, 6.30pm, 7pm, 8pm).

Advanced bookings are essential. Adults $5, children $3 and under 5’s free. Tickets are on sale now at Rotorua Museum reception. People must book their Starlab session time when they purchase Whanau Night tickets. Due to the limited number of sessions, they are based on first-come basis.

Matariki is a star cluster which reappears in the Southern skies during the cold months of winter’ signalling the beginning of the Māori New Year. About 500 stars make up the cluster, but only seven can be seen clearly with the naked eye here in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Traditionally Matariki was celebrated by gathering with whanau (family) and reflecting on the past. The festival’s connection to the stars provided an opportunity for families to remember their whakapapa (genealogy) and those ancestors who had passed away.

During the Museum’s Matariki whanau night the Museum Café will be open for refreshments throughout the evening.

For further information, contact Naiomi Murgatroyd phone 07 351 8055 or email

Image credits:
Matariki Whanau Night at Rotorua Museum, 2013
Starlab at Rotorua Museum, 2013

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