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Matamua, R. (2017). Matariki: The star of the year. Wellington, New Zealand: Huia Publishers. 

  • What is Matariki? Why did Māori observe Matariki? How did Māori traditionally celebrate Matariki? When and how should Matariki be celebrated? This book seeks answers to these questions and explores what Matariki was in a traditional sense so it can be understood and clebrated in our modern society


Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. (2017). Matariki and Māori astronomy with Dr Rangi Matamua [Sound file]. Retrieved from

  • ​Associate Professor Dr Rangi Matamua from the University of Waikato, has spent over 20 years researching Matariki. In this podcast he shares a Māori perspective of astronomical and cosmological links relevant to Matariki.


Ngai Tāmanuhiri. (2017, August 6). Dr Rangi Matamua - Matariki presentation 2017 [Video file]. Retrieved from

  • This video provides another context to the matariki korero. 



Tāwhai, W. (2013). Living by the moon: Te maramataka a Te Whānau-ā-Apanui. Wellington, New Zealand: Huia Publishers.

  • Discusses the maramataka (the Māori calendar) and the understanding of the days and nights according to Te Whānau-ā-Apanui tribal knowledge.


Television New Zealand. (n.d.). Researchers hoping Māori lunar calendar can highlight suicide findings [Streaming video]. Retrieved July 30, 2019, from

  • A Te Karere interview with Rereata Mākiha and Rikki Solomon about the Māori lunar calendar and youth mental health. 


Matata-Sipu, Q. (2018). Move over astrology, it’s time to return to the Māori lunar calendar. Retrieved from

  • Explanation of the Māori lunar calendar and a free maramataka dial. 


Learning to live by the maramataka (the Spinoff)

  • A series of month by month articles on living by the lunar calendar. 



Te Potiki National Trust. (n.d.). Māori maps. Retrieved July 30, 2019, from

  • Interactive map of Māori iwi, hapū and marae (Māori tribes, sub-tribes and marae). 


Māori Land Court Minute Books Index (University of Auckland)

  • Search the index to the printed Māori Land Court Minute Books. 

New Zealand Geographic Board. (1990). He korero pūrākau mo ngā taunahanahatanga a ngā tūpuna: Place names of the ancestors. A Māori oral history atlas. Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Geographic Board.

  • Māori place names accompanied by the stories of their origins and maps.  


Davis, T., O'Regan, T., Wilson, J., & New Zealand Geographic Board. (1990). Ngā tohu pūmahara: The survey pegs of the past. Understanding Māori place names. Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Geographic Board.

  • An introduction to the meanings of Māori place names and how to find more information.


Māori place names (New Zealand Geographic Board)

  • Te Ika a Maui, The Land and its People (map and index of place names with English translation)
  • Te Wai Pounamu, The Land and its People (map and index of place names with English translation)

Ministry for Culture and Heritage. (2017). 1000 Māori place names. Retrieved from

  • Words with translations and sound files


National Library of New Zealand. (n.d.). Iwi hapū names list. Retrieved July 30, 2019, from

  • Search to find standardised terms for iwi and hapū in New Zealand. These terms can be used when searching in AUT Library Search and the following databases: NewzText and Index New Zealand