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Auckland Museum is celebrating Matariki and the first official Kiribati Language Week online at Auckland Museum at Home.

See below for videos, objects we have in collections, long reads and more on both!



Kia ora koutou,
Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Auckland Museum, joins with Tāmaki and wider Aotearoa in Matariki celebrations beginning this week – from the first new moon following the winter solstice to the next new moon which is when we can all see the Matariki star cluster rise above the horizon in the pre-dawn sky. 


Matariki at Auckland Museum on this page you will find:

  • On our Matariki webpage see our video series Hauora: Matariki Conversations through Te Whare Tapa Whā.
  • Take some time to watch Amiria Puia-Taylor, Precious Clark and Pio Terei share their whakaaro (thoughts) on Matariki and this winter season of gathering, remembering and renewing.
  • Hear from Te Whai Smith about her mahi at Tāmaki Paenga Hira in te reo Māori.
  • And view Sonia Snowden’s kete reminding us Matariki is a time to honour the plants used in weaving and be mindful of the resources Papatuanuku provides.


Matariki at Auckland Museum

Hauora: Matariki Conversations through Te Whare Tapa Whā

Images HERE


Image caption: Bobby Newson, Tumu Here Iwi Relationships Manager, Maori and Pacific Development and Dion Peita, Tumuaki Māori and Pacific Development from Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum


Kiribati Language Week


This week is the first official Kiribati Language Week and to celebrate we will share Kiribati items from our collections, light up the museum walls with national colours of blue, red, yellow, white and share a video of knowledge holder visit as well as zoom panel discussion.


On this page you will find:

  • An introduction from Charles Enoka Kiata, MNZM.
  • A selection of Kiribati objects from our collection
  • Information about Te Kun – a Pacific Golden Plover bird (Pluvialis fulva) and a downloadable Te Kun colouring page for kids.
  • A zoom talanoa about Kiribati treasures: Te kun and Taona n riri with Nei Kaetaeta Watson, Nei Louisa Humphry, Dr Janet O’Connor and Charles Enoka.
  • WWI Gilbert Islanders – online cenotaph information about Kiribati service personnel.


Images HERE