In the past 30 years there has been a massive serge in interest around Matariki, and in Aotearoa today we see numerous events and celebrations occurring across the country during mid-winter paying homage to this star cluster.
However, what is often missing from our modern observation of Matariki is any acknowledgement of its traditional practice.
This talk will highlight some of the central Māori beliefs and customs associated with Matariki to support our growing understanding of its role in our modern society.
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.