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Matariki te whetū tapu o te tau

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Matariki te whetū tapu o te tau – Nā Rangi Matamua

This book is the te reo Māori translation of: Matariki The Star of the Year

In mid-winter, Matariki rises in the pre-dawn sky, and its observation is celebrated with incantations on hilltops at dawn, balls, exhibitions, dinners and a vast number of events. The Matariki tradition has been re-established, and its regeneration coincides with a growing interest in Māori astronomy. Still, there remain some unanswered questions about how Matariki was traditionally observed. These include:

  • What is Matariki?
  • Why did Māori observe Matariki?
  • How did Māori traditionally celebrate Matariki?
  • When and how should Matariki be celebrated?

Based on research and interviews with Māori experts, this book seeks answers to these questions and explores what Matariki was in a traditional sense so it can be understood and celebrated in our modern society.

Format: This book is a Paper back

Language: This book is written in te reo Māori

The English version is also available Matariki The Star of the year


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About the Authors:

Dr Rangi Matamua (Tūhoe) is a 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.

This book is also available in English here: Matariki the star of the year

Other books written by Rangi available:

A cluster of stars a cluster of stories: Matariki around the world


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