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Whaikōrero With Dr Rangi Mātāmua

Whaikōrero With Dr Rangi Mātāmua

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  • Thu 2 Jun ’16, 6:00pm


Rotorua Museum, Oruawhata Drive, Government Gardens, Rotorua


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Rotorua Museum is pleased to host a free Matariki talk at the Sir Howard Morrison Centre of Performing Arts, with the acclaimed Māori astronomer Dr Rangi Mātāmua

Starting at 6:30pm, Dr Mātāmua (Ngai Tūhoe) will give a korero (talk) about Matariki from its origins to the place it has in today’s society.

Dr Mātāmua is a senior lecturer at the School of Māori and Pacific Development at Waikato University. He has undertaken significant research in the areas of Māori language revitalisation, Māori culture, Māori astronomy and broadcasting. He has also produced a number of publications in his specialist areas, and sits on several related boards including the Society for Māori Astronomy Research and Traditions (SMART).

Matariki is a star cluster which reappears in the Southern skies during the cold months of winter signalling the beginning of the Māori New Year. About 500 stars make up the cluster, but only seven can be seen clearly with the naked eye here in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Due to the popularity of this event in previous years the talk will be held at the Sir Howard Morrison Centre of Performing Arts to enable as many people as possible to hear Dr Rangi Mātāmua speak. Please arrive from 6pm, so that the talk can start at 6:30pm.

For further information, contact Kathy Nicholls phone 07 351 8456 or email kathy.nicholls@rotorualc.nz.

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