Off the back of his bestselling book ‘Matariki – The Star of the Year’ and a hectic speaking schedule that’s seen him presenting to more than 5000 people this year alone, Professor Rangi Matamua is giving a free public lecture as part of the Hamilton Public Lecture Series. In his lecture, titled ‘Te Whānau Marama – The Family of Light’ he will discuss new findings covered in his soon to be released book of the same name.

Professor Matamua says he is excited by the opportunity to share his expertise in Māori astronomy at a time when the celebration of Matariki has seen a massive resurgence. “Matariki has played a key role in the revival of interest in Māori astronomy, but there is so much more to the story. Te Whānau Mārama is another piece of the puzzle people may not know about – another narrative that can deepen our understanding and appreciation of Māori astronomy.”

Professor Matamua was part of the team that curated the nationally recognised exhibition Te Whānau Mārama at the Waikato Museum. More than 200,000 visitors have participated in the interactive exhibition and this interest in the family of light, coupled with the success of his Living by the Stars facebook page, were the inspiration for writing his second book.

“I realised people wanted to learn more and that Te Whānau Mārama was a story often left out of our understanding of creation, and the origins of the world in which Māori live.”

The free public lecture ‘Te Whānau Mārama – The Family of Light’ by Professor Rangi Matamua is on Tuesday 21 August at 5.15pm at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts. Attendees are asked to register here as places are limited.

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