Dawn Ceremony

Sat 15 Jun 2024 6:30AM - 8:30AM

 Dawn Ceremony

The extended whānau of Corban Estate Art Centre invite you to join us for a community celebration of fire, karakia, kai to create a sense of place and belonging as we gather to mark the opening of Matariki Festival 2024.

In what has become a tradition here at Corban Estate, our Dawn Ceremony will involve the burning of the paper wishbones that bear the wishes of community who participated in Penny Howard’s interactive installation Hiwa-i-te-Rangi: The Wishing Star.

Join us as we cast reflections, prayers, and intentions into the flames at dawn, to be granted by Hiwa-i-te-Rangi – the wishing star of Te Tau Hau Māori, in a symbol of hope, growth, and prosperity for the year ahead.

Dress warm and come prepared for a chilly start to the morning, beginning in darkness as we welcome the dawn together around the fire. Your participation is encouraged, with the opportunity to say a few words, read a poem or sing a song, with community wellbeing as our guide.

Please feel free to bring kai to share together if you wish.



All welcome 

Sunrise expected at 7:10am 

Join us for refreshments in the Barrel Store and feel free to bring along kai to share if you wish.

Visit Penny Howard’s interactive installation Hiwa-i-te-Rangi: The Wishing Star in the Corban Heritage Room inside the Homestead Galleries before the Dawn Ceremony to add your wishbone prayer to her signature red whai. 
Sat 1 June – Fri 14 June 
Mon-Sat, 10am – 4pm 

 Dawn Ceremony


The Barrel Store
Corban Estate Arts Centre
2 Mt Lebanon Lane