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Matariki Around the World

We are very pleased to be giving away two copies of Rangi Matamua & Miriama Kamo’s book ‘MATARIKI Around the World’ to our GrownUps members.

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About MATARIKI Around the World

When Matariki rises above the horizon, a new year full of hope and promise begins.

The Matariki star cluster holds great importance for Māori and the people of Aotearoa New Zealand, but this cluster is seen and celebrated across the world. From times of old, it has been used to guide people from many different lands, and it goes by many different names, such as Makali’i, Pleiades, Mao, Krittika and Subaru.

With the first national holiday to honour Matariki occurring on 24 June 2022, this authoritative yet playful collection of stories, written by Māori astronomer Rangi Matamua, co-authored by Māori journalist Miriama Kamo, and beautifully illustrated by Isobel Te Aho-White, is a must-have for all bookshelves. It explores the origins of the Matariki cluster through nine named whetū (stars), and includes stories about this same star cluster from the Pacific Islands to Australia, Asia, the Americas, Europe and Africa.

Author Rangi Matamua shares that “It was a joy to be part of this book with Miriama, and to learn so much about the rich and diverse cultural knowledge associated with Matariki from the many peoples of the world,” while co-author Miriama Kamo adds, “It was wonderful working on this book, learning our Matariki stories from here in Aotearoa and then around the world. And it was a privilege to work with the man who brought Matariki wisdoms back to life for all those in Aotearoa. I hope this collaboration with Professor Rangi Matamua will find its place on the bookshelves of every family.”

Illustrator Isobel Joy Te Aho-White says, “Illustrating this book was an exciting learning experience, and opened my eyes to the many different ways this special cluster of stars is interpreted, not only in my own whakapapa, but around the world.”

Scholastic New Zealand Publisher Lynette Evans adds, “We could not be prouder to have worked alongside Rangi, Miriama and Izzy to create this taonga for children to learn about the wonders of Matariki in the skies above Aotearoa and beyond, to explore a cluster of stories around the world.”

About the Authors

Rangi Matamua is a New Zealand indigenous studies and Māori cultural astronomy academic of Tūhoe descent. He is the first Māori to win a Prime Minister’s Science Prize, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society Te Apārangi. Rangi holds extensive knowledge about our skies, star clusters, galaxies and planets.

Miriama Kamo is an award-winning journalist. She is the anchor of TVNZ’s flagship current affairs programme Sunday and Māori current affairs programme Marae. Miriama has worked on many of TVNZ’s key programmes including 1 News as a newsreader. She is also a keen writer who is published in Metro and The Spinoff. Miriama’s first children’s book was the popular The Stolen Stars of Matariki, published by Scholastic.

Isobel (Izzy) Joy Te-Aho White (Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Kahungungu ki te Wairoa) is a freelance graphic artist and illustrator with a passion for the natural world and te ao Māori. She specialises in symbolism and metaphor, and her work is influenced by mythology and folk tales, botanical illustration and life experience.


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    2. Competition closes on the 28th June 2022, winners will be notified via email by 30th June 2022.
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