Matariki 2020

Star Gazing In Selwyn

Pick up your Star Gazing in Selwyn guide from your local library or service centre. It's filled with really interesting things to help you navigate our big night skies. Listen to Miriama Kamo read from her book, The Stolen Stars of Matariki.

Listen to Dr. Karen Pollard, Directory of the University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory as she guides you through the stars to find Matariki.  

Thank you to Canterbury Astronomical Society for their work on the Sky Guide

Matariki quizQuiz at Selwyn Libraries, Selwyn Aquatic Centre and community facilities

How much do you know about Matariki?

Get your quiz from the Selwyn Aquatic Centre, local library or facility - answer all the questions and go in the draw to win one of eight prizes including a signed copy of The Stolen Stars of Matariki by Miriama Kamo, Canterbury Astronomical Society open evening tickets, a basketball, and children’s swim vouchers!

Kite makingKite Making and Kite Day

Watch the awesome informative videos on how to make compostable and recyclable kites, harakeke and toetoe kites and paper kites, get the whole family involved and fly your kite at 1pm on Sunday 19 July to celebrate the closing of Matariki celebrations.

Take a photo of your kite, and your family flying it, and the best kite and best family photo flying your kite will win a copy of the book, The Seven Kites of Matariki. Send photos to

Thank you to Darfield High School International students, Lincoln Envirotown, Glentunnel School and Two Rivers Community Trust for creating these brilliant kite making videos for Selwyn community to enjoy!

Storytimes, star hunt and more at Selwyn Libraries

Join our Matariki storytimes at Lincoln, Rolleston, Darfield, or Leeston, then go on a scavenger hunt around the library to find out the meaning of the nine stars of Matariki.

Make your very own constellation with the Constellation Maker Stations set up in each library.  Punch constellations onto disk cards and take them home. At night put a torch behind them and you can see your own constellation!

Journeys of Manu

Join Manu on his adventures at Foster Park and Liffey Domain and learn about Maramataka (Māori Lunar Calendar). Download the app from Google Play or the App Store to follow Manu as he explores how the moon cycle is used for planting, fishing, giving-back and staying in-doors.