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Matariki 2023 launched under stars in Tekapō

Celebrations leading up to Matariki have begun as Aotearoa looks set to mark its newest public holiday for the second time. A booklet containing karakia for each of the nine stars of Matariki was launched today at an event at the Dark Sky Sanctuary in Takapō.

Tohu Whenua: Discover The Places That Tell Our Stories

Discover the places that tell our stories. That’s what Tohu Whenua is encouraging New Zealanders to do.

Government announces refreshed Commemorations Programme 2023-2027

The programme of historical anniversaries to be acknowledged by the NZ Government over the next 5 years includes some of our nation’s most important events.

NZSO and New Zealand Opera to perform electrifying Bluebeard’s Castle

The NZSO and NZ Opera are partnering to perform a new interpretation of Béla Bartók’s operatic masterpiece Bluebeard’s Castle in Wellington & Christchurch in 2023.

New research confirms value of arts and culture more than dollars and tickets

A trans-Tasman research venture into the value of the arts and culture sector urges that people look beyond economic benefits and attendance figures.