Hau Taki Haere | Tertiary Update Vol 25, No 12

Ngā Mata o te Ariki, more commonly known as Matariki, is the Māori name for a cluster of stars which is visible in our night sky at a specific time of the year. In 2021, the Matariki cluster sets on 2 June, rises from 2-5 July, and the Matariki period is 2-10 July.

The Matariki cluster has nine visible stars: Matariki, Tupu-ā-Rangi, Waipuna-ā-Rangi, Waitī, Tupu-ā-Nuku, Ururangi, Waitā, Pōhutukawa, and Hiwa-i-te-Rangi. Each star within the Matariki cluster holds a certain significance over our wellbeing and environment, as seen from the Māori view of the world.

Matariki is a time to celebrate new life, to remember those who’ve passed and to plan for the future. In acknowledging our tūpuna and all of those who have come before us, we also recognise the shared history of Aotearoa New Zealand, as tangata whenua, Pākehā and tauiwi alike.

On Friday 24 June next year, Matariki will be celebrated as an official public holiday, but for now we can greet our whānau, friends, colleagues, and fellow TEU members with the phrase – Mānawatia a Matariki! – and use this time to celebrate the taiao, show respect and thanks for our environment and all it provides us, spend time with whānau and friends, and share kai, waiata/haka, whakapapa, and tākaro.

TEU also extends our awhi at this time to members, colleagues, whānau, and friends who have been impacted by recent COVID-19 Alert Level changes. We hope everyone is staying safe – kia haumaru te noho – and if you have any concerns, visit here for more information or support.

In keeping with the significance of the nine stars of Matariki, Te Hautū Kahurangi | Tertiary Education Union (TEU) has brought together nine Māori leaders, academics and general staff, and educators for a special Tertiary Update, Hau Taki Haere: Te Iwa o Matariki 2021.

Much like the Matariki cluster of stars, each of the nine stories presented in Hau Taki Haere: Te Iwa o Matariki 2021 are unique, yet together they form one kaupapa, and share common themes of unity, mana, tikanga, and Mātauranga Māori.

In this edition:

Puanga: The star that heralds Matariki

TEU Kaumātua, Matua Hōne Sadler (Ngāpuhi) discusses the tradition of Puanga, the star more clearly visible in the north of Aotearoa, and which heralds the beginning of Matariki (the star group of Plaedes, which Matariki is included).

Remembering maramataka as we observe Matariki

TEU’s Taua Roimata Kirikiri (Ngāti Rākaipāka [Ngāti Kahungunu], Ngāti Konohi, Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Ngāi Tahu whānui) discusses the significance of maramataka and the revitalisation of lunar and stellar knowledge within te ao Māori.

Recollections and childhood memories of another time

Owen Ormsby (Ngāti Maniapoto me Waikato) is a TEU Te Toi Ahurangi member and lecturer in the School of Bridgepoint at Te Whare Wānanga o Wairaka | Unitec. Here, Owen shares his memory of the significance of Matariki as a taitamaiti.

Rules review: Advancing TEU’s Tiriti journey

Over the next two years, and following discussions at both Hui Te Uepū and TEU’s Annual Conference 2021, TEU will be engaging in kōrero and wānanga to further advance our Tiriti relationship through a transformational review of our rules.

Exploring the use of Māori values in the university

Five AUT academics – Georgina Tuari Stewart (Ngāpuhi), Valance Smith (Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāpuhi-nui-tonu, Ngāti Maru ki Tainui), Piki Diamond (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Pākehā, and raised by Tauranga Moana), Nova Paul (Ngāpuhi,) and Robert Hogg (Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tūhoe) – discuss the findings of their research on Māori values in their university.

TEU Te Mahere Mahi 2021-23

The next two years looks set to be an exciting period of change, kaupapa, and hard mahi for Te Toi Ahurangi and Te Uepū Māori, with Te Mahere Mahi setting out the kaupapa of importance for Māori in TEU.

Celebrating Matariki with Te Mana Ākonga

Rēnata White (Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Kahungunu, Patuharakeke), Nkhaya Paulsen-More (Ngāti Maru-ki-Hauraki, Ngāruahine, Ngāti Pūkenga), and Josh Wainui (Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Te Whakatōhea, Te Uri o Hau) are Te Tari Whakahaere (the Executive Committee) of Te Mana Ākonga | National Māori Tertiary Students’ Assocation. Here, White, Paulsen-More and Wainui reflect on the year that’s been and discuss how members of Te Mana Ākonga will be celebrating Matariki.

Matariki gaining recognition in collective agreements

Important mahi is under way at TEU branches and with support from TEU Organisers to ensure Matariki is included in collective agreements as a public holiday.

Mānawatia a Matariki from Te Toi Ahurangi

Te Toi Ahurangi members share the significance of Matariki to them, and how they will be spending Matariki this year.

Other stories:

Wintec launches stellar line-up of events for Matariki 2021 - Wintec

Te Pūkenga leaders speak on the future of vocational learning at WITT - Stuff

'Mega polytech' leaders discuss plan to save vocational education system - Stuff

Supporting Māori to be successful in their studies - Stuff