We are excited to share Matariki with you in 2020. Explore the rich traditions of Matariki and ways to celebrate with your whānau.

What do the stars of Matariki mean?

We ask our kaiako Josh about the meanings of the Matariki stars, and how many are in the star cluster. There are many different ways to observe Matariki between different iwi.

Posted by Stardome Observatory and Planetarium on Sunday, July 5, 2020

About Matariki

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Meet the Kaiako

Get to know Josh and Olive, our talented presenters and co-producers of the 2020 show, Ngā whetū O Matariki.

Matariki Special Event Nights

Join us every Friday night at 8.30pm for a drink and kai during Matariki season. 

Matariki FAQs

Find out about the Matariki star names, what they mean, how to find them and more with our Frequently Asked Questions.

SHOW: Ngā Whetū O Matariki

Join us for a live, presenter-led Matariki kōrero under the planetarium stars. You’ll hear about ngā whetū (the stars), ngā aorangi (the planets), Maramataka (lunar cycle) and the many stories written in our night skies passed down from generation to generation. Image credit @joshkirkley