Matariki Festival

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Matariki fairies Jodie Glinseer (left) and Tiffany Valentine, both of Queenstown, with Freya Harvey (6), of Invercargill.

A MATARIKI Festival, event organised by the Invercargill City Council, was held in the heart of Invercargill’s CBD on Saturday, July 1.

Highlights for the day included a street market and food trucks in Esk St, kapa haka performances, weaving workshops, poi-making workshops and carving demonstrations by Steve Solomon and Oti Murray.

There was live music throughout the day, Fire Show and the Star Dome.

The Star Dome in the Scottish Hall was a popular attraction at this year’s Matariki Festival.

Star Dome operator Richard Parkinson, of Te Anau, said he was surprised at how popular the attraction was, drawing more than 400 people on the day.

The inflated tent-like Star Dome stands 4 metres high at its crown with a 6m diameter base. About 40 people enter at a time and sit around the Dome’s circumference while a central projector casts what Mr Parkinson describes as “an immersive experience” of the solar system, galaxy and universe on to the inside surface of the dome.

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