Late at the Museum: Matariki - 2 June

Panel Discussion

Why does every culture in the world observe Matariki and what makes our own celebration of Matariki unique? Matariki used to mark a time to prepare for a new year and new harvests and to teach the young about the land. This LATE we discuss the traditions of Matariki and the place of this festival within contemporary culture. What does it mean to people in today’s society and does it have a legitimate place in our national calendar? The panel features Te Ahukaramu Charles Royal, Pita Turei, Haare Williams and Whirimako Black with moderator Kirk Torrance.

Great Music

Matariki LATE will open with a performance from pianist Charles Royal, violinist Elena and baritone Howard McGuire. Charles Royal is a respected composer and researcher whose interest lies with the 'creative potential of indigenous knowledge' while Elena is a member of the Vector Wellington Orchestra who has performed alongside Lang Lang and Andrea Bocelli and is recognised for her ability to breathe new life into classical compositions by drawing on the musical and cultural traditions of Maori; Howard McGuire is a baritone from Ngâti Kahungungu. After the discussion Whirimako Black and guitarist Justin Kereama will perform a full programme of Maori and English songs including traditional Tuhoe waiata with contemporary musical influences.

Please enter through the Grand Foyer.  Food and a cash bar will be available.

Online Bookings: $20
(plus $3 booking fee)
Museum Members: 2-for-1 tickets
Entry via Grand Foyer
Time: 6.30pm - 11pm

Door sales: Limited general door sales from 6.30pm on the night, Museum Members please present your membership card.