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The Cultural Significance of Matariki for Northern Māori

Iwi (tribes) from all over Aotearoa have different interpretations of the origins of Matariki, but to Tūhoe, one of my iwi, legends tell of a time when Papatūānuku, earth mother and Ranginui, our sky father, were forcibly separated by their son Tāne-Mahuta, god of the forests. Tāne’s brother, Tāwhirimātea, god of the winds, became so infuriated that he tore out his eyes and threw them into the blanket of stars and sky, where they have been in existence ever since.

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The Longest Night of the Year

This Wednesday 21 June , it will be the winter solstice – the shortest day and the longest night of the year. For astronomers this is a great time to get outside and dedicate hours to looking up. This is helped by the waxing crescent phase of the moon...

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