‘Matariki Dawn’ looks at cultural and astronomical aspects of this group of spectacular stars.
In celebration of Maori Language Week, catch the popular Matariki Dawn show – a Stardome production that looks at the cultural and astronomical aspects of Matariki, a group of spectacular stars. Using the planetarium technology, learn more about this important open star cluster and practical astronomy. Fly out to Matariki and learn the Maori names of the seven visible stars, find out why we see Matariki at certain times of the year and why the lunar calendar is important.
The show includes Maori myths and stories about the formation of the Earth, the Moon and Maori New Year. Visitors can also see the stars of Matariki close up in the planetarium and find out why they appear at certain times of the year and not at others.
The show includes the animated tale of Rangi and Papatuanuku and the new story of Rona and the Moon. Sit back and listen to the story of the shadows on the Moon came to be as Marama the Moon captured Rona and held her in punishment for her angry outburst.
Please choose a session from the list below to buy tickets securely online. Recommended family viewing, ages 6+years. Terms and Conditions can be found here.