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Matariki with Professor Rangi Mātāmua at the Royal Observatory


Professor Rangi Mātāmua speaking in the Peter Harrison Planetarium

Last month the NZUK Link Foundation were pleased to celebrate Matariki, the start of the Maori New Year, at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich at the invitation of the New Zealand High Commission, London. The event was headlined by Professor Rangi Mātāmua, the 2023 New Zealander of the year and the Chief Advisor to the New Zealand government on Matariki. Professor Mātāmua addressed guests in the Peter Harrison Planetarium, giving an introduction to the significance of Matariki within Maori culture and sharing photos from Aotearoa showing the first rising of the Matariki star cluster. The evening also saw a pōwhiri by Ngāti Rānana, as well as a performance on the violin by NZUK Link Alumni Doris Kuo. You can read more about Matariki on Professor Mātāmua’s website here.


2022 Link Southbank Music Scholar Doris Kuo performing at the Royal Observatory


The pōwhiri for Professor Mātāmua by Ngāti Rānana

Photos by Peter Livingstone Photography


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