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.aucklandmuseum.com.