Mark your diaries for creativity and community during June and July to celebrate Matariki! Free art, craft, kai and kōrero events for all. Sunday 9 June - Sunday 28 July


Matariki is the Māori name for the Pleiades star cluster, which appears in the dawn sky in midwinter. It is a time for us to reflect on the past year, celebrate the present, and look to the future. For many, Matariki marks the beginning of the Māori New Year, Te Mātahi o te Tau. It is a time to remember those who have passed away since the last rising of Matariki, to celebrate the harvest, and to plan for the year ahead. Matariki is a time for families and the community to come together to celebrate with feasting, singing and storytelling.



Te Whare Pora

Sunday 9 June - Sunday 28 July| WHAKAARI

Join us to celebrate the opening of this exhibition of rare kākahu (cloaks) and taonga puoro (musical instruments) from acclaimed kairaranga (weaver) Rokahurihia Ngarimu Cameron.  Watch this space for the timing of talks and weaving demonstrations.

Whānau Matariki Craft

Sunday 9 June – Sunday 28 July, 10am-4pm | FOYER | Free, all welcome

Community Weave - 9 June – 28 July

Help us create a community cloak for Matariki 2024. Bring a message for someone in our community or a wish for the new year, and weave this onto our loom. We look forward to watching the special memories and good wishes grow.

Origami Star Making - 22 June – 5 July

Get creative using origami techniques to make Matariki stars for yourself or as a gift.

Light kites - 6 July – 21 July

Kites in Te Ao Māori have been flown not only for fun, but also to communicate, including with those who have passed on, connecting heaven and earth.  Come and make your own Matariki manu tukutuku (kite) using beautiful coloured materials.

Curator talk: Toi Māori - advocating for the arts with Karl Chitham

Saturday 15 June, 3pm | PUĀWAI | $5, registration essential

Director of the Dowse Art Museum, Karl Chitham, steps us through some of the major artistic projects and partnerships in his career to date, including those where art can advocate for, provoke, or add to societal conversations.

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Kai Sundays

Sundays in June, 5.30pm | PUĀWAI | Entry by koha | Registration essential

Cultures all over the world use food to symbolise the meaning of traditional festivities. Kai Sundays are a chance to understand how cultures in our community celebrate with food. Come and taste some of Tāhuna Queenstown’s most colourful cultures, held every Sunday in June at 5.30pm. These events require registration and a koha – pay what you wish.

Check back with us soon for communities and dates.


Muru - Film Screening

Sunday 7 July, 12pm | PUĀWAI | Free, film rating PG

Released in 2023, this drama follows Police Sergeant Tawharau as he is forced to choose between his job and his people when the government pulls off an armed raid in his Ruatoki community. Directed by Tearepa Kahi.


Poi E - Film Screening and director's talk

Sunday 7 July, 6pm | PUAWAI | Free, film rating G

Bring the whole family to enjoy this warm, funny and touching documentary telling the story of one of New Zealand’s most iconic pop songs, led by Dalvanius Prime and the Pātea Māori Club. Director Tearepa Kahi will lead a question and answer session about the film after the screening.

Workshop for rangatahi: Storywriting for the screen

Monday 8 July, 10am-4pm | PUĀWAI | Ages 12-18 | $45

Film director Tearepa Kahi (Poi E, Muru) leads a creative workshop for young people exploring how to generate and capture your ideas for film and video.

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09 June 2024 to 28 July 2024

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Remarkables Park Town Centre, 12 Hawthorne Drive, Frankton

Queenstown, 9300

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