Stardome show welcomes in Matariki
The luminous Matariki cluster plays an important role in heralding in the new Maori year.
The start of the festival begins this year on June 28, which is the night of the first crescent Moon after the first appearance of Matariki in the morning sky.
Matariki is the Maori name for the Pleiades star cluster.
The Matariki Dawn Planetarium show at Stardome showcases the legend of Papatuanuku and Ranginui, Rona and the Moon and Matariki.
In the 360° immersive show you can learn more about these legends, why Matariki falls on a different day every year and how ancient Maori used the Moon.
Matariki Dawn plays at 7pm Wednesday to Sunday from June 28 to July 13. See stardome. org.nz.