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Matariki koorero: Piripi Lambert

28 June 2024

3pm to 4pm


Maaori astronomer and maramataka toohunga, Piripi Lambert, will present a free public talk as part of Waikato Museum's Matariki celebrations. 

Piripi will share his knowledge of Matariki and maatauranga Tainui. He will touch on the traditional names of the stars in the Matariki cluster and when the ancestors would watch for its rising to usher in the new year.

He will also discuss the Te Paki o Matariki, the coat of arms of the Kiingitanga, and its mystic symbolism. Listen as he unravels the genealogy of the 12 chiefly stars of the Supreme Being and their connection to the toohunga class of the Tainui Whare Wananga.


Matariki at the Museum

Friday 21 June to Sunday 21 July 2024

Join us for free events, public talks, crafts, and more as we celebrate this special time of year. Maanawatia a Matariki! Find out more.

Presented with thanks to Matariki Ki Waikato Festival 2024 

Please note

For te reo Maaori, Waikato Museum uses double vowels (uu) in place of vowels with a macron (ū) to represent a long vowel sound. This spelling approach is the preference of tangata whenua in Hamilton Kirikiriroa and Waikato iwi for te reo Maaori words. 

Image credit: Fraser Gunn Astrophotography