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Let the galaxy unfold

Kia hura ai te ikarangi

Discover the many secrets and stories held by the cosmos, moon and stars with these illuminating reads sure to satisfy your curiosity.

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Matariki

Rangi Matamua

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In midwinter, Matariki rises in the predawn sky, and its observation is celebrated with a vast number of events. This book in te reo Māori explores what Matariki was in a traditional sense so it can be understood and celebrated in our modern society.

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Matariki

Rangi Matamua

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The Matariki tradition has been re-established, and its regeneration coincides with a growing interest in Māori astronomy. This book provides information about its meaning and significance, how to locate Matariki and associated tikanga (customs).

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Living by the moon = Te maramataka a Te Whānau-ā-Apanui

Wiremu Tāwhai

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The arrangement of the nights of the maramataka, the lunar months, according to the ancient knowledge of Te Whānau-ā-Apanui. Comprised of the elders' inter-generational understanding, Wiremu Tāwhai shares what they saw, in their time in their region.

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Tiketike Ngahuru

Teanau Tuiono

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This educational resource explores Māori seasonal and lunar calendars (maramataka). It provides a comparative analysis of different names used by various iwi (tribes) while acknowledging the nuances of the nightsky throughout Aotearoa and their tohu.

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Puanga

Sam Rerekura

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The rise of Matariki has come to signify the beginning of the Māori New Year in Aotearoa, however many Māori observe the rise of Puanga, the star Rigel in Orion. Learn more about Puanga the herald and its significance in Māori mythology across iwi.

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Matariki

Libby Hakaraia

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An introduction to the star group Matariki, known as Pleiades and the Seven Sisters in other cultures. This book includes suggestions on how to whakanui (celebrate) the Māori New Year and a guide to finding Matariki within our southern hemisphere.

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Work of the gods

Kay Leather

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Much of the star lore of the Māori has, through the wisdom of the elders, been preserved in its entirety. Work of the Gods includes a comprehensive analysis of Māori astronomical knowledge and how it was used to explain the beginning of the cosmos.

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The Maori division of time

Elsdon Best

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An enduring tribute to the work of the late Elsdon Best (1856–1931), an author dedicated to the preservation of Māori knowledge. This book includes information on the Māori year, nights of the moon, names of seasons and terms employed to denote time.

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Heke-nuku-mai-nga-iwi Busby

Jeff Evans

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This biography of Heke-nuku-mai-ngā-iwi Busby brings together the varied life experiences that have made Hec Busby the master waka builder, waka expert, celestial navigator and highly regarded kaumātua (elder) of Te Rarawa iwi.

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Night skies above New Zealand

Vicki Hyde

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From the Matariki celebrations of the Māori new year to Captain Cook's search for accurate longitude, people in Aotearoa have always looked to the skies. This book offers an excellent grounding for those wanting to know more about the southern stars.

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