Auckland Libraries: Shine light on Matariki

Shine light on Matariki

A selection of Māori nonfiction titles for adults chosen to illuminate Matariki, the Māori New Year. These books include bilingual and books written in te reo Māori as well as English.

Matariki

Rangi Matamua

Book

There has been a resurgence of interest in and celebration of Matariki, and this book written by provides accessible information about its meaning and significance, how to locate Matariki and when, traditional and current-day customs and knowledge.

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Matariki

Rangi Matamua

Book

Written by leading expert Professor Rangi Matamua, this book (in te reo Māori) provides accessible information about its meaning and significance, how to locate Matariki and when, traditional customs and knowledge regarding Matariki.

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Puanga

Sam Rerekura

Book

Most Māori tribes in Aotearoa observed Puanga to mark the beginning of the Māori New Year. In Māori mythology, he was believed to be the older brother of Matariki and his cosmic rising between May and June in the sky signalled the beginning of winter

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Te reka o te kai - kai atua

Book

This guide compiled by Te Waka Kai Ora introduces whānau to methods for establishing their own Māra Kai. An explanation of the traditional maramataka or moon calendar highlights gardening activities for each night of a moon month.

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Te ao tawhito

Atholl Anderson

Book

Te Ao Tawhito: the old world contemplates Māori origins in the 'blue continent', the vast Pacific Ocean across which the earliest ancestors travelled to settle these southernmost Pacific islands.

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Tikanga Māori

Sidney M. Mead

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Hirini Moko Mead surveys the ways that tikanga guides relationships between people, with the Gods and the land. and he proposes guidelines to help us to test appropriate responses to challenges that may yet be laid down.

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

Wiremu Tāwhai

Book

Describes the arrangement of the maramataka, the lunar month, according to the ancient knowledge of Te Whānau-ā-Apanui. It is based on traditional knowledge orally handed down to them by their forebears, and from them to us.

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2020 guide to the night sky

Storm Dunlop

Book

A comprehensive handbook to the planets, stars and constellations visible from the southern hemisphere. 6 pages for each month covering January-December 2020.

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Southern nights

Naomi Arnold

Book

Meet the night sky, Down Under. From eclipses to aurorae, comets to constellations, this is the story of the night sky above Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Maori and the natural world

Book

In traditional Māori knowledge, the weather, birds, fish and trees, sun and moon are related to each other, and to the people of the land, the tangata whenua. It is truly an interconnected world.

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