Te Papa opens Matariki exhibition

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Te Papa has opened its interactive Matariki exhibition.

The exhibition is being opened ahead of the Māori New Year which is being celebrated as a public holiday for the first time later this month.

The exhibition is made up of three interactive parts including past, present, and future.

Te Papa kaitiaki and design team lead Crystal Jones said the first part focuses on the star “Pōhutukawa” and looks at remembering those who have died in the last year.

The second portal looks at the present and how visitors may plan to spend and celebrate the te ao Māori public holiday.

It includes many strands of different coloured wool to represent the rays of the stars shining in the sky.

The final portal named Manakotia Hope includes the star Hiwa-i-Terangi, the star of hope.

This part represents the end of the day and looking toward the future.

There are also kiosks where visitors can learn more about the nine stars and their responsibility.

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