Auckland Museum Institute presents an introduction to Matariki, Maramataka and Mātauranga
Matariki has surged into national consciousness over the past decade, but is still widely misunderstood. Dan will talk about and engage in discussion regarding Matariki – its purpose and role in customary and contemporary society, about how it is situated within the Maramataka – the Māori stellar-lunar-ecological calendar, all of which are part of Mātauranga Māori – Māori knowledge, culture, values and worldview.
Dr Dan Hikuroa (Ngaati Maniapoto, Waikato-Tainui, Ngaati Whanaunga), from the University of Auckland, employs Earth Systems/Environmental Humanities approaches and is an established world expert on weaving indigenous knowledge and science to realise the dreams of the communities he works with.
Dan is UNESCO New Zealand Culture Commissioner, has key roles within New Zealand’s Science Research Sector and is re-imagining relationships with water. Dan is spearheading alternative ways of assessing sustainability, including weaving indigenous knowledge and epistemologies with science and into legislation, assessment frameworks and decision-support tools.