E tohu ana te Maramataka i ngā rangi whakahirahira me ngā kaupeka i te ao Māori. Ko tētahi wā whakahirahira ko te mārewatanga mai o Matariki, arā, ko te tohu tērā o te tau hou.
Piri mai ki tētahi taki kōrero, me ngā ringa toi, ngā mata auaha anō, arā, te hunga e whai pānga ana te Maramataka ki ō rātou ao, me ā rātou mahi. Ka matapaki rātou i tōna hiranga i Aotearoa, ā, he aha hoki te pānga o Matariki ki ō rātou hapori, ki ō rātou auahatanga.
The Maramataka (Māori lunar calendar) marks significant dates and seasons in te ao Māori. A time of special significance is the appearance of the Matariki star cluster, which marks the start of the new year.
Join us for an in-depth kōrero with Amiria Puia-Taylor (Ngaati Te Ata Waioohua, Ngaati Tiipa, Kuki Airani, Hamoa, Tahiti), Nikau Hindin (Ngai Tūpoto ki Motukaraka, Te Rarawa ki Hokianga, Ngāpuhi) and Chantel Matthews (Ngāti Hounuku, Ngāti Tahinga, Ngāti Ikaunahi, Tainui) who live by and whose work is informed by the Maramataka. They will discuss its importance in Aotearoa and what Matariki means to them in their communities and as creative individuals.
Amiria Puia-Taylor (Ngaati Te Ata Waioohua, Ngaati Tiipa, Kuki Airani, Hamoa, Tahiti)
Born & raised between the cross cuts of Tāhuna Pā, Waiuku and Grey Lynn/Ponsonby, my whakapapa ties me to the heart of South Auckland. Te Hau tonga o Taamaki. A proud daughter of the Moana, I have been fortunate to shape a career as an interdisciplinary artist, an activist, a guardian and educator - practically doing what it takes to be a good tupuna. My practice has always been taiao (environment) focused and has woven between traditional and contemporary worlds, from land protections and occupying stolen land to durational performances to community murals, from graphic design for small community groups to holding architects and engineers to account to ensure our cultural narratives are meaningfully used throughout built environments.
From the guidance of Te Aho Matua and the embrace of my elders and their matauranga, I am committed to seeing our waterways return to the food bowls they once were for our people and ensuring people understand the significance of this land we call home.
I believe Art invites those who are brave enough to participate in hard conversations, to be challenged, to be exposed and educated on understanding the place we all choose to call home. Art creates opportunities for growth and empowerment for us all to do better. When we better understand the power of our ancient knowledge systems, we sooner we can begin to take better care of the little we have left. Maramataka is a start.
Image credit: Brendan Kitto