Te Iwa o Matariki Short Film Screening
Come and immerse yourself in this free panoramic short film to hear more about the forgotten Matariki stars, Pōhutukawa and Hiwaiterangi.
This cluster of stars can be seen for 11 months of the year before they set in late May or early June. Matariki rises a few weeks later, generally in late June just before dawn. The heliacal rising marks the beginning of the Māori New Year.
According to Māori belief, Matariki are the eyes of Tāwhirimātea, the god of wind and storms, who tore them out, crushed them, and threw them to the heavens in protest over the separation of his parents Rangi and Papa.
The free 15 minute screening is presented in collaboration with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.