July 17, 2020
Heavenly whare shines light on earthly practices
A Māori astronomer says a huge amount of study is needed before the ancient Māori practice of maramataka can be codified.
Piripi Lambert was to have been part of a new Māori astronomy school in Matatā started by controversial hapū leader Pouroto Ngaropo, but pulled out because he thought it should have a greater research focus.
He will find other ways to share his research, which involves rigorous questioning of what is written down and a vigorous search for knowledge still held orally within hapū and iwi.
Mr Lambert will lead a wānanga in Auckland next week organised by Māori housing advocacy group Te Matapihi, where he intends to discuss the connections between Māori architecture and the wharenui of the heavens.
"The heavens are actually split up into a wharenui. You've got the stars in the south, Te Tai Tonga, you've got the stars in the north that are always in the north and you've the stars on the eastern and western elevations that come out of the rua and so we're going to talk about that and the work continues," Mr Lambert says.
The wānanga is at Te Puea Marae in Māngere from 11am to 2pm Monday.
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