Celebrating Matariki, Kite making
Kites are often flown during Mataraki, Màori New Year, to celbrate the rising of the Matariki star cluster (also known as the Pleiades of Seven Sisters) which coincides with the end of the harvest season. About 500 stars make up the cluster, but only seven can be seen clearly with the naked eye.
We are celebrating Matariki at the Gallery by inviting you to make your own manu tukutuku kite using recycled materials. This hands-on activity is free and for all ages.