Matariki Fiordland events

    Matariki/Pleiades heralds ancient tradition and a new public holiday. Photo: File

    Te Anau Waitangi Charitable Trust Winter Talk
    Tuesday, June 14, 7pm: Te Anau Club invites Te Anau School community to a free
    winter talk. Join us to hear all about the curious and cryptic kanakana/pouched lamprey.
    Dr Jane Kitson, Ngai Tahu ki Murihiku (Oraka-Aparima, Waihopai and Awarua Rananga) is an ecologist and environmental scientist with research interests in freshwater, mahinga kai and cultural monitoring.
    Dr Kitson’s family has a strong interest in ‘hunting and gathering/mahinga kai’ pursuits, for example trout and salmon fishing, duck and deer hunting, kaimoana gathering and muttonbird harvesting. To find out more, go to

    Fiordland Art Hub Multimedia Art Exhibition
    Town Centre Te Anau Multimedia Art Exhibition for Matariki – entries close June 15, exhibition runs June 23-July 4.
    Open to all ages.
    To find out more, go to

    Overnight Weaving Workshop in partnership with Te Waiau Mahika Kai Trust
    Join kaiako Taua Rangimaria Suddaby and Kairaranga Matua Des Cooper at Te Koawa Turoa o Takitimu Lodge in the Jericho Valley for a wanaka (workshop) to learn the traditional Maori practice of raranga/harakeke weaving.
    Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19.
    Bookings essential. Visit:
    Cost is $30 per person and includes accommodation, kai and refreshments, tree planting session plus a Matariki celebration evening, with hangi and bonfire.

    Fiordland College
    Wednesday, June 22, 5pm-7pm.
    An evening to celebrate Matariki — the Maori New Year.
    Art Workshops, stories, lanterns, music, dance, kai, frisbee golf, star making, astromony, campfire cooking.

    Department of Conservation Te Anau
    Annette Lees’ talk on her latest book, After Dark: Walking into the Nights of Aotearoa, Thursday, June 23, 7.30pm-8.30pm, Te Anau Library. Published in October 2021, After Dark is a “beguiling exploration of Aotearoa – from dawn to dusk’’.
    “Sharing discoveries from a lifetime of walking deep into Aotearoa’s night, conservationist and ecologist Annette Lees, from Auckland, takes us on a journey through an often-hidden world. Lees writes of intimacy, bereavement, beauty and awe, inspiring us to slip out our front doors and into the night, where a calmer, quieter, wilder, more ancient world awaits us.”
    Places are limited. To register, phone 03 249 7379 or stop into Te Anau Library.
    This event is supported by Te Anau Friends of the Library, which will provide a small supper afterwards.

    Te Anau Scout Hall
    We’ll kick off with a gathering at Te Anau Scout Hall, 154 Manapouri–Te Anau Hwy, for a Matariki reflection activity followed by a unique dinner before moving on to the Control Gates entrance to the Kepler Track for a nature walk.
    Friday, June 24, 6pm-8.30pm.
    Rangers and special guest author Annette Lees will lead a guided walk along the track to experience the Fiordland forest after dark and the creatures within.
    The walk will be about 45 minutes and will be followed by hot drinks, craft activities for kids, and a brief night sky photography workshop for those interested. This event is a collaboration with the Department of Conservation, Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu
    Charitable Trust, and Fiordland Community House.
    Places are limited. To register, go or phone the
    Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre on 03 249 7924.