Te Pūkenga celebrates Matariki 2022 

Te Pūkenga will mark New Zealand’s first ever Matariki public holiday with Whakanuia Te Kāhui o Matariki – an online webinar featuring the Government’s expert advisors.

Thursday 23 Pipiri (June) - 1.30pm to 3pm

Matariki Advisory Committee chair Professor Rangiānehu Mātāmua and member Victoria Campbell will join lecturer Mataia Keepa in the 90-minute hui.

As well as learning about te ao Māori and the mātauranga associated with Matariki and the maramataka (Māori lunar calendar), participants will be introduced to the new wellbeing framework, ‘Te Pae Māhutonga’.

Te Pūkenga is taking a leadership role in the tertiary sector in partnership with Māori by adopting a holistic wellbeing framework grounded in mātauranga Māori.

Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars that rises in midwinter and heralds the start of the Aotearoa Pacific New Year. It will be officially celebrated in New Zealand as a public holiday on Friday 24 Pipiri (June).

Whakanuia Te Kāhui o Matariki complements a range of Matariki events which are being organised by local teams at different locations throughout the network.

The expert panel are:
  • Professor Rangiānehu Mātāmua (Ngāi Tūhoe), a pioneering scholar who has revolutionised our understanding of Māori astronomy and star lore, in particular, Matariki. Dr Mātāmua’s research has been ground-breaking in terms of its contribution to mātauranga Māori.
  • Victoria Campbell (Ngāti Irakehu, Ngāi Tahu) from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Kotahi Mano Kaika, a tribal strategy aimed at reinvigorating the use of te reo Māori. Ms Campbell has taught at Te Tumu, Otago Polytechnic and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in the field of mātauraka Māori.
  • Mataia Keepa (Te Arawa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Rārua), a tertiary lecturer in matauranga Māori who assists Te Pūkenga in concept translations and naming requests as a member of our Ohu Reo. He is a graduate of an exclusive Māori language academy, Te Panekiretanga o te Reo Māori.

Register for the webinar here