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Astronomy Night - Matariki and How Māori Used the Night Sky


Fri 10 Jun 2016, 6:30pm–8:30pm

Where: Lower Hutt War Memorial Library, Cnr Queens Drive and Woburn Road, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: HuttCityLibraries

Dr Pauline Harris - Matariki and How Māori Used the Night Sky.

Like many ancient civilisations, Māori tracked the passage of time and navigated using the night sky. The year and the seasons were signified by the appearance of certain stars such as Matariki, signifying the start of the New Year.

Dr Pauline Harris of Victoria University and the Society for Māori Astronomy, Research and Traditions will share an insight into how Māori used celestial objects.

If the sky is clear, we’ll head outside after the talk and have a look through telescopes provided by the Wellington Astronomical Society.

This event is part of the Hutt STEMM Festival.