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At TWoA, we’re supporters of Matariki.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa has long recognised the importance of Matariki and in 2016 worked with Dr Rangi Mataamua to produce Te Iwi o Matariki, a travelling roadshow which helped educate New Zealanders about the significance of Matariki.
We have continued to educate people about Matariki and it’s pleasing to see Matariki being recognised nationally with a public holiday. 

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa kaiwhakatere (chief executive) Nepia Winiata says Matariki has always been recognised and celebrated in te Ao Māori and it is gratifying to see it becoming more popular throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.
“To have Matariki recognised as a day of national significance is a small step into a shared future for Aotearoa and although it’s been a long time coming, Māori are well used to playing the long game,” he says.

“And while we’re proud to have played a small part in promoting Matariki, it’s doubtful we’d be where we are today without the ongoing efforts of Professor Rangi Mataamua to promote Matariki to a wider national audience.”

As leaders in mātauranga Māori, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is providing several free online resources for whānau, schools and corporates. We hope they will not only help New Zealanders to understand more about Matariki but also to provide guidance for those eager to observe, commemorate and celebrate at this special time.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is our largest provider of mātauranga Māori education and also provides a range of courses – from certificate to Masters level – where mātauranga Māori plays an integral part, whether you’re studying business, education, social work, toi (arts) or te reo me ngā tikanga Māori. Many of our courses have no fees and evening classes to suit busy lifestyles.

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