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Café Scientifique: What is Matariki anyway? An Introduction to Matariki, Maramataka and Mātauranga

Matariki has surged into national consciousness over the past decade, but is still widely misunderstood. Dr Dan Hikuroa will talk about and engage in discussion regarding Matariki – its purpose and role in customary and contemporary society.

He will also discuss how Matariki is situated within the Maramataka – the Māori stellar-lunar-ecological calendar, all of which are part of Mātauranga Māori – Māori knowledge, culture, values and worldview.

Dan Hikuroa (Ngaati Maniapoto, Waikato-Tainui, Ngaati Whanaunga, University of Auckland), employs Earth Systems/Environmental Humanities approaches and is an established world expert on weaving indigenous knowledge and science to realise the dreams of the communities he works with. Dan is UNESCO New Zealand Culture Commissioner, has key roles within New Zealand’s Science Research Sector and is re-imagining relationships with water. Dan is spearheading alternative ways of assessing sustainability, including weaving indigenous knowledge and epistemologies with science and into legislation, assessment frameworks and decision-support tools.

The talk will begin at 6:30pm sharp in the downstairs function room. Accessible entrance is directly off the carpark. The Cafe Scientifique series is brought to you by the Auckland Museum Institute, the Auckland branch of Royal Society Te Apārangi. Bookings are not required, but if you have any queries please email institute@aucklandmuseum.com


Dan Hikuroa



Auckland Museum Institute


Horse & Trap, 3 Enfield Street, Mount Eden, Auckland

6:00pm Wed 29 June, 2022 - 8:00pm Wed 29 June, 2022