Join the Dunedin Public Libraries in celebrating Matariki

Matariki is a time to gather with whānau to reflect on what has happened in our past, appreciate what we have in the present, and look toward the future with hope.

To celebrate the rising of Puaka and Matariki 2022, Dunedin Public Libraries brings you a programme focusing on the art of passing down knowledge, gaining experience, and learning new skills.

For Children:

Puaka Matariki Storytime

Nau mai, haere mai e te whānau!
Join us for a special Puaka Matariki Storytime with waiata and bilingual stories to celebrate Te Tau Hou Māori – the Māori New Year.
SUITABLE: for preschoolers and whānau who want to have fun and enjoy the beauty of te reo Māori.
Thursday 23 June, 10.30am in the Storypit @ City Library
Wednesday 29 June, 10:30am @ Blueskin Bay Library
Thursday 30th June, 10:30am @ City Library
Friday 1 July, 9:30am @ Waikouaiti Library

Once Upon A Sunday: Matariki

Join us at City Library for a very special Matariki Once Upon A Sunday! Professional storyteller Kaitrin McMullan and all her puppet friends share wonderful stories to delight children of all ages.

Sunday 3 July, 2pm
Children’s Storypit, Ground Floor, City Library

For Adults:

Puaka Matariki Harakeke Workshop

Join Kāi Tahu multimedia artist and designer Amber Bridgman to celebrate the return of Puaka and Matariki with a harakeke workshop, teaching cultural practices around harvesting, preparing and then learning the basic techniques of weaving.

Tickets- $5- available for purchase from Dunedin City Library (EFTPOS available)
Thursday 30th June | 5pm – 8pm
Dunningham Suite | 4th Floor | City Library
Tea and coffee provided.
Limited spaces, booking essential

Fun for Everyone:

Puaka Matariki Lantern Workshop

Welcome the return of Puaka and Matariki as Rose Shepard teaches us the art of making lanterns.

Decorate your lanterns, made from biodegradable materials, with te iwa o Matariki to celebrate the Māori New Year and the rising of both Puaka and the Matariki star cluster.

FREE– Materials provided
Bookings essential:
Tuesday 21 June | 4pm – 8pm
Gig Table | Ground Floor | City Library

Exhibition: Māori Legends

Nau mai, piki mai!

Celebrate Māori excellence in art and storytelling this winter at the Reed Gallery in a special exhibition curated by Te Kupeka kaimahi from Dunedin Public Libraries. See stories brought vividly to life through the lens of the Māori artists who have illustrated these pukapuka from the 1960s, '70s, '80s and '90s, all of which still play an important role in the revitalisation of te reo and the shared identity of Aotearoa.

25 June – 9 October 2022
Reed Gallery, 3rd Floor, Dunedin City Library