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Matariki Festival

June 29, 2018

Matariki Festival, from 29 June – 29 July.

Come and enjoy the stars and planets with us!

Celebrate Matariki on Great Barrier Island – an International Dark Sky Sanctuary. There’s something on every weekend throughout July… events are free and family friendly.

June 25 – July 20 Island children’s Matariki art exhibition, Art Gallery, Claris
01 July – 29 July Outdoor photo exhibition, find dark sky photos all over the island

Fri June 29 10.30am – Island children’s Matariki Celebration, Aotea Art Gallery, Claris
Sat June 30 7:30 – Dawn Ceremony/Powhiri – Ngati Rehua Ngatiwai ki Aotea, Kawa Marae
Sat June 30 4:30–6:30 – Star Stories of Aotea – Kaumatua and whanau, Claris Conference Centre
Sun July 1 12 noon – Rocket making with Aerospace Education, Claris Conference Centre
Sun July 1 6.30pm – Killer asteroids, Alan Gilmore, astronomer, Claris Conference Centre
Fri July 6 6.30pm – Measuring the darkness (practical session) Nalayini Davies, astronomer, 2 Moana View Rd
Sat July 7 6.30pm – Pathfinder stars – Nalayini Davies, Claris Conference Centre
Fri July 13 New moon
Fri July 13 – What’s THAT star? with Grant Christie, astronomer, Claris Conference Centre
Sat July 14 2pm-10pm – Beginners guide to astronomy – Grant Christie, 2 Moana View Rd (limited to 20 participants, 15 spaces left*)
Sun July 15 11am – Make your own sundial, Claris Conference Centre
Fri July 20 5pm – Family film night, Tryphena Club
Sat July 21 6pm-10pm – Dark Sky photography workshop with Mark Russell, 2 Moana View Rd (limited to 10 participants, 6 spaces left*)
Sat July 21 6.30pm – The sounds of space with Tim Natusch, astronomer, Claris Conference Centre
Fri July 27 Mars in opposition
Fri July 27 6.30pm – Mars on Medlands, Good Heavens Dark Sky Experiences, Twin Pines, Medlands Beach
Sat July 28 Full moon, partial lunar eclipse visible
Sat July 28 1-2pm – Moondance with Ann Way, Claris Conference Centre
July 28 6pm till late Festival closing – Dancing with the Stars twilight ball, Tryphena Club
Tue 31 July Mars brightest since 2003

Keep an eye on this page or the Great Barrier Local Board Facebook page for any changes due to inclement weather.

* e-mail orange.kiwi@xtra.co.nz to book activities with limited participants.

Pdf Festival programme 2018

Detailed Matariki Festival Programme