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Learn more about Matariki – free online seminar

How much do you understand about Matariki? With a new public holiday added to the calendar to mark the Māori New Year, understanding the major themes and principles will be more important than ever, to share in the classroom.

A free seminar is available to all education professionals to learn more about the ancient beliefs and customs surrounding the alignment of the cluster of stars, also known as the Pleiades, which rise in midwinter above Aotearoa.

Covering the basics and beyond, the online offering Matariki Te Whetū o te Tau, hosted by Dr Rangi Matamua and Living by the Stars, will be lived streamed live on 29 June by CORE Education.

Dr Rangi Matamua. Image: CORE Education

It will include education on: 

  • What Matariki is.
  • Where Matariki can be found.
  • How Matariki fits into a Māori division of time.
  • The major themes and principles associated with Matariki.
  • How Matariki will inform our new Matariki holiday (starting in 2022).

How to attend

  • This seminar is free and accessible to all of Aotearoa.
  • Hit register below and you’ll be taken to the co-hosted Facebook event. Then simply click ‘Going’.
  • The livestream of the seminar will occur in the Facebook event.


Heather Barker Vermeer

Heather has worked as a journalist, writer and editor in England and Aotearoa New Zealand for over 20 years. She fell in love with words when she received a 'Speak & Spell' tech toy for Christmas in 1984.
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