Data: helping people celebrate Matariki

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Night sky Canterbury, 2014. Photograph by Tom Hall, via Flickr. CC BY-ND Gen 2.0

Matariki is the celebration of the Māori New Year. It’s a time when people come together to remember their ancestors, share food, sing, tell stories, and play music.

Te Papa is New Zealand’s national museum, and hosts an annual Matariki Festival. With data the Te Papa digital team were able to uncover more about the Matariki audience, and increase the reach of the content.

The Te Papa events were well-attended, but the website helped people engage with Matariki at home, on the move, and in the classroom. This is in part due to the team’s efforts in:

  • promoting Matariki to a new audience with homepage links
  • meeting demand in Google by creating content for Matariki search terms
  • increasing the engagement of the existing audience with compelling related links
  • live-streaming performances so people can participate regardless of where they’re based

Data analysis revealed a wider audience for Matariki, and confirmed that we reached 47% more people than the same period last year. It’s a broad audience that includes teachers and kids in the classroom, people who want to watch celebrations while on the move, and those who want to engage from the comfort of their own home.

It’s brilliant to know that we’re transcending the walls of the museum to take this cultural celebration out to people. We’re going beyond data and digital, and into people’s lives, which is an awesome thing to be a part of.

See the full story on the Te Papa blog – Using data to help people celebrate Matariki.

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