Aotearoa Star Man continues winning streak

29 September 2020

Rangi Matamua

The Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies has added another Ngā Whetū o Matariki award to its trophy cabinet after Professor Rangi Matamua (Ngāi Tūhoe) was awarded Te Ururangi Award for Education. The award  recognises trailblazers making a significant contribution to the development of mātauranga Māori – Māori knowledge

Professor Matamua joins the ranks of previous Matariki Awards winners such as Noeline Taurua, Taika Waititi, Mike King and fellow Faculty staff members, Professor Pou Temara and Professor Linda Tuhiwai-Smith.

Tāhūhū Rangapū for Māori Television, Shane Taurima said the awards are for “outstanding Māori achievement and celebrate the best of us – ngā toa o ngā toa.”

This is the second significant award this year for Professor Matamua after he became the first Māori to win a Prime Minister’s Science Award earlier this year.

“The future of Mātauranga Māori is making it a normal and everyday part of our lives. What I do and the calibre of people I get to work with definitely encourages that process. The flow-on effects to our students, their families and their communities are part of the reason I am so passionate about education – watching the connection, the penny drop and the lights come on is the most rewarding thing for me.”

To learn more about Professor Matamua's research into Matariki, follow his Living by the Stars Facebook and Instagram pages.

Latest stories

Related stories

Where’s your Mauri Tau?

A lack of resources and a longing for whānau connection were the impetus behind a…

Waikato event connects to COP26 and climate change crisis

The climate change crisis is something that keeps Associate Professor Tom Roa awake at night.

The call of the Waikato

University of Waikato student Melody Nepe always knew she’d end up working in the health…

Campaign image 2

World’s first Bachelor of Climate Change launched at University of Waikato

The world’s first Bachelor of Climate Change degree has been launched by the University of…

Isaac McIvor 2

3MT event puts PhD research centre-stage at Waikato

A speech on the development of ancestral Waikato pā using both a mātauranga Māori and…


Using her voice to empower communities

Bella Takiari-Brame is passionate about her culture, community and creating solutions that make a difference…

Linda Tuhiwai Smith

Leading New Zealand Indigenous studies researcher elected to prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Well-known indigenous studies Māori researcher and academic, Professor Linda Tuhiwai Te Rina Smith (Ngāti Awa,…

Newly promoted academics

New Professorial Appointments for Waikato

University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley has announced academic promotions for one new Professor…

Pou Temara, Mark Bowden, John McIntosh, Mike Sutton

2021 New Year Honours list recognises Waikato achievements

A former University of Waikato staff member and four alumni have been recognised for their…

Findings of the independent review into public claims of racism at the University of Waikato released today

The reviewers commissioned to assess public claims of racism at the University of Waikato have…

Kīngitanga Day celebrations go virtual

The University of Waikato commemorated its special relationship with the Kīngitanga in a new way…


Māori astronomer receives Prime Minister's award

University of Waikato Professor Rangi Matamua (Tūhoe), has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Science Communications…