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Turning Towards the Light


Sun 26 Jun 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Mon 27 Jun 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Tue 28 Jun 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Wed 29 Jun 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 30 Jun 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Wellington Museum, 3 Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Matariki Rising

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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