Wellington museums and galleries unite to celebrate Matariki

Ngāti Toa Rangatira Te Papa Exhibition - Photo / Supplied

As Matariki approaches in the month of June, Wellington museums and galleries have pulled together to provide a programme of events and exhibitions in celebration of Matariki 2015.

Traditionally Matariki marks the Māori New Year, where the rising of the Matariki star cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters or Pleiades, occurs.

For this Matariki season, between Saturday 13 June to Sunday 12 July, the Wellington Matariki Festival will host over 60 free events and activities, including a Poi E / Thriller flash mob, the New Zealand Post Kaumātua Kapa Haka, and more.

Te Papa's Matariki spokesperson Mere Boynton says, "The theme of this year’s festival, ‘He rau tangata, he kōingo aroha / people gather and affirm love in a myriad of ways’, gives us an opportunity to show how love can be expressed through dance, art, songs and music."

For more details of the events, check out matarikiwellington.org.