Professor Matamua of Tūhoe holds the position of Assistant Dean Postgraduate in the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies at Waikato University. He is heavily involved with Māori postgraduate studies, and supports Māori students as they look to completed Masters and PhD degrees. Professor Matamua has a background in Māori language, Māori broadcasting and Māori customs and traditions. He has led a number of research endeavours including Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden
Fund projects, Ngā Pae o te Maramatanga projects, and a number of Government Department research initiatives. Professor Matamua is acknowledged as a leading expert within the field of Māori astronomy. He has delivered many Māori astronomy keynote addresses and public lectures throughout the country, and in 2017 he launched his first book ‘Matariki – the star of the year.’ A graduate of Te Panekiretanga o te reo Māori and a member of the Society for Māori Astronomy Research and Traditions (SMART), Professor Matamua is focused on revitalising Māori astronomy.
Professor Rangi Matamua’s talk on Matariki is on Monday evening at 7:30 pm 21 October in the Tekapo Community Hall and will be open to the public as well as all conference participants