18 Jun 2022

Playing Favourites with Professor Rangi Matamua

From Saturday Morning, 11:07 am on 18 June 2022

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Rangi Matamua

Professor Rangi Matamua Photo: Supplied

Rangi Matamua has been helping people rediscover the connection that we all have to the cosmos, leading to what has been a dream for him: New Zealand celebrating Matariki as a public holiday, Friday 24 June. 

A professor of Mātauranga Māori at Massey University, the chair of the Matariki Advisory Board, and a fifth generation Tūhoe astronomer, Matamua has revolutionised our contemporary understanding of Māori astronomy.

He is well-known for his video series Living By The Stars and is the author of three books, including the recently-released Matariki Around the World, written with Miriama Kamo.

Rangi Matamua's selection for Playing Favorites are: 'War' by Bob Marley, 'Girlfriend' by Michael Jackson, 'Sultans of Swing' by Dire Straits, and Hiwa-i-te-rangi' by Maisey Rika.