Whaikōrero with Dr Rangi Mātāmua The astronomy of Matariki

Date: Thursday, 22 June 2017
Venue: Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, Fenton Street, Rotorua

Time: 6pm for 6.30pm start

Price: free entry

Rotorua Museum will host a free Matariki talk with acclaimed Māori astronomer Dr Rangi Mātāmua.

On Thursday 22 June 2017, Rotorua Museum will host a free Matariki talk at the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, with 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.

A senior lecturer at the School of Māori and Pacific Development at Waikato University, Dr Mātāmua 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 (tiny eyes or eyes of God) is a cluster of nine stars which reappear in the Southern skies during the cold months of winter signalling the beginning of the Māori New Year.
Dr Rangi Mātāmua is an extremely popular speaker, so we encourage you to arrive early to secure a place, which are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 6pm and the talk will start at 6.30pm.

Copies of Dr Mātāmua’s recently published book, Matariki: The Star of the Year, will be available for purchase and Dr Mātāmua will be in the foyer after the talk to sign copies.

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


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