3 Jun 2012

Te Ahi Kaa mo 3 Pipiri (June) 2012

From Te Ahi Kaa, 5:00 pm on 3 June 2012

The Transit of Venus is when the planet Venus moves across the face of the sun, and it's what brought James Cook to the Pacific and onto New Zealand in 1769. This year on the 5th and 6th of June many will gather in Uawa, Tolaga Bay on the East Coast to re-live that event. With the next transit taking place in 2117, it's your last opportunity to see the once, maybe twice in a lifetime occurrence because they do occur in pairs, eight years apart and it won't be seen for another 105 years . Maraea Rakuraku is with Wayne Ngata who provides insight into the significance of the transit for Uawa Maori. Justine is in Porangahau, Central Hawkes Bay and visits Rongomaraeroa Marae and the nearby place that takes its name from the tupuna, Tamataeapokaiwhenua.