Matariki Beliefs and Customs in Modern Society

Rangi Matamua

In the past 30 years there has been a massive surge 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.

This event is presented by the New Zealand International Science Festival.

Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin

Saturday 14 July, 11am. FREE – registration required

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