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Matariki cel­e­bra­tions at Auck­land War Me­mo­rial Mu­seum will fo­cus this year on Tane Mahuta – god of the for­est.

High­lights in­clude a free mu­sic af­ter­noon, screen­ing of the doc­u­men­tary Mana Waka, and demon­stra­tions of carv­ing and flax weav­ing.

The free chil­dren’s pro­gramme fea­tures sto­ry­telling, flax craft and face paint­ing.

Matariki is the Maori name for the star clus­ter also known as the Pleiades which ap­pears in late June, sig­nalling the be­gin­ning of Maori new year.

It’s tra­di­tion­ally a time of plant­ing, har­vest­ing and cel­e­bra­tion.

Events at the mu­seum run from June 7 to July 28. See www.auck­land­mu­

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