Puaka: A Star on the Rise

About the event

While Matariki is celebrated by many iwi across Aotearoa to mark the Māori New Year, Kāi Tahu in Te Waipounamu also celebrate Puaka/Puanga. Puaka is the brightest star in the Orion constellation and is more visible than Matariki here in Hakatere Ashburton.

This exhibition provides a tranquil space for the community to reflect on the year that has been, celebrate the present and prepare for what lies ahead. It will also showcase the work of creative tamariki and rangatahi in our district who have crafted intricately designed whetū (stars) and manu tukutuku (kites), which are often flown during Māori New Year celebrations.

Please join us for the blessing of this exhibition at 6pm on Friday 23 June. This event will coincide with opening of Colossal Squid: Freaky Features! | Te Ngū Tipua: Ngā Wāhanga Weriweri!, an exhibition developed and toured by Te Papa.

11th Aug 2023 - 3rd Sep 2023

Ashburton Museum

Admission: FREE