Professor Rangi Matamua will share his detailed knowledge about Matariki and highlight connections between cultural knowledge and science in an upcoming free 16-talk series in New Zealand. These lectures will run for two hours and will include images, animations, videos and will share detailed knowledge about Matariki.

Professor Rangi Matamua

Professor Rangi Matamua (Tūhoe) is passionate about Māori astronomy.  As Associate Dean Postgraduate within the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Waikato, Professor Matamua is heavily involved in researching how Māori studied and applied their knowledge of the celestial bodies.  As author of the best-selling book Matariki: The Star of the Year, Professor Matamua travels both nationally and internationally sharing his research and helping to regenerate interest in this space.

  • Blenheim, 11 April, Ūkaipō, Rangitāne Cultural Centre
  • Christchurch, 12 April, Charles Luney Auditorium, St Margaret's College 
  • Dunedin, 18 April, St David's Lecture Theatre, University of Otago
  • Wellington, 23 April, Little Theatre, Lower Hutt
  • Palmerston North, 24 April, Palmerston North Boys High School, Speirs Centre
  • Whanganui, 26  April, Whanganui Collegiate School, Prince Edward Auditorium
  • Napier, 27 April, the Ballroom, Napier Conference Centre
  • Gisborne, 9 May, The War Memorial 
  • Taupo, 10 May, Great Lakes Centre Theatre
  • New Plymouth, 11 May, Devon Hotel (Hobson Room)
  • Rotorua, 16 May, Millennium Hotel, Makoia Room
  • Auckland, 17 May, BNZ Theatre, Vodafone Events Centre Manuwera
  • Hamilton, 23 May, Southwell School (auditorium)
  • Tauranga, 24 May, Baypark Arena – Arena Combined Suites
  • Whangarei, 25 May, Raumanga Campus 

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