Dr Rangi Matamua (Tūhoe) is an associate professor at the University of Waikato, and his research fields are Māori astronomy and star lore, Māori culture, and Māori language development, research and revitalisation. He travels extensively throughout the country giving public lectures about Matariki and Māori Astronomy.
In his MA thesis Doctor Matamua focused on traditional Tūhoe weaponry, and his PhD examined the role of Māori radio in Māori language revitalisation. In addition, Dr Matamua has produced a number of publications in his specialist areas, and sits on a number of related boards including Society for Māori Astronomy Research and Traditions (SMART). Dr Matamua is a graduate of the Panekiretanga o te reo programme, and is a current student of the Te Mata Punenga course under the guidance of Professor Pou Temara and Professor Wharehuia Milroy.