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Matariki: A wānanga with Dr Rangi Matamua

Learn about Matariki with astronomer
Dr Rangi Matamua

Te reo Māori wānanga — Matariki: Te noho tahi me Tākuta Rangi Matamua

Matariki is a time for us to stop, rest, sit together, eat, celebrate, and begin our new year. It's an important part of who we are here in Aotearoa and it's becoming a holiday. So every year now we're going to stop as a nation and watch Matariki rise to mark the new year and celebrate one another.

In this (asynchronous) wānanga, Dr Rangi Matamua shares his mātauranga about Matariki that's been passed down to him through the generations. Learn about how to celebrate Matariki in your classrooms, homes and communities.

Te kāhui o Matariki–The constellation of Matariki >
Explore the names and stories of the Matariki star cluster

Matariki ahunga nui–Matariki provider of plentiful food >
Discover how kai is an important part of Matariki celebrations

Togetherness during Matariki

Matariki hunga nui–Matariki brings us together >
Find out why and how people gather and celebrate Matariki

Ko whea a Matariki? –Where is Matariki? >
Learn about how to locate Matariki in the sky

Where is Matariki
Māori astronomy

Kōkōrangi Māori–Māori Astronomy >
Look at the importance of Māori astronomy

Share your Matariki >
Celebrate Matariki with Aotearoa!

Learning about Matariki.

Jamie and Rangi
LEARNZ kaiārahi Jamie Taylor with Dr Rangi Matamua at Te Rau Karamu marae.

Curriculum–Matariki covers all learning areas, curriculum strands, and levels. This is an inclusive opportunity to have fun sharing cultural understandings based on the stories and science of stars. This is also an opportunity to explore ideas and engage whānau and community in project-based learning.


Teacher resources–Further support ways to learn about Matariki with your ākonga. Access teacher resources for background information, suggested activities, useful links and listen to recordings of Dr Rangi Matamua sharing his mātauranga about astronomy.    

Teacher resources

This wānanga reflects the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

United Nations SDG 3Goal 3: Good health and well-being: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

United Nations SDG 4Goal 4: Quality education: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.


This trip is kindly supported by:

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