People across Aotearoa will come together at 12pm on Monday 14 September to speak, sing or play te reo Māori. Join this historic moment and celebrate te reo at UC!
You can get involved in any way you like – this could be saying “kia ora” to a colleague or student, starting a lecture with a karakia, or teaching yourself a new saying. Use the resources provided by UC Māori to help you get started (available here).
Māori Language Moment marks the start of Te Wiki o te reo Māori, and there are lots of events and activities coming up on campus. Have a look at the timetable for activities around UC here.
The UC TeReo Māori Style Guide, available as both a downloadable and printable PDF and an easy to use webpage, is now available on the UC Style Guide website. The Reo Māori Style has been developed by the UC Ohu Reo and is a helpful handbook for UC staff on how to ensure the use of te reo Māori across all our UC publications, social media and marketing is accurate and consistent. Look out for the tohu (icon) that symbolises te reo Māori which has a waha (mouth) and ārero (tongue).
Tīpuna Māori, Māori ancestors, read the rising of whetū (stars) in alignment with lunar phases of the moon, the māramataka, in order to better understand the nature of coming seasons.
Of important significance to Ngāi Tahu, Puaka – also known as Rigel – is a blue-white star seen above the constellation of Tautoru, or Orion’s Belt. Marking the end of the tītī (mutton bird) and tuna (eel) season, these taonga species are still gathered today as part of mahinga kai or traditional Ngāi Tahu food gathering practices.
While many iwi acknowledge different narratives about whetū in different ways, the rising of Te Iwa o Matariki, a cluster of nine stars during mid-winter, signals the start of a new year. Traditionally during this time of year, crops were harvested, and seafood and birds which had been collected, were stored away.
The rising of Matariki marks an ecological shift in season. It is a time to reflect and remember those of our loved ones who passed on in the previous twelve months, and signals a time for us to plan and set intentions for the twelve months ahead.
Here on campus, Puaka is the name given to our UC Library building – Puaka-James Hight, and Matariki is the name of our central Registry building. Alongside other UC buildings which carry the names and narratives of navigation and exploration, the characteristics of whetū and celestial bodies have been overlaid across our campus in order to provide a map for our ākonga (students) and kaimahi (staff) as they journey through campus, their studies and experiences here with us at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha.
Ka rewa a Matariki ki runga, ka piri te aitanga a Tiki When Matariki rises above, humanity gathers.
Click below to listen and practice your pronunciation of the word Matariki.
Click below to listen and practice your pronunciation of the word Puaka.