Māori Astronomer named New Zealander of the Year

From Midday Report, 12:40 pm on 31 March 2023

Māori Astronomer and scholar Ahorangi Rangiānehu Mātāmua is this year's New Zealander of the Year. 

Professor Mātāmua has dedicated much of his life to the revitalisation and resurgence of Matariki. 

He wouldn't describe himself as a tohunga - but he is. A pioneering one at that. 

He has generously and relentlessly pushed matauranga Māori, korero tuku iho to the forefront of the minds of Aotearoa and as part of that mahi was the key driver behind our country's first indigenous public holiday.