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              Te Taiao: Maori and the Natural World

              Te Taiao: Maori and the Natural World (Paperback)

              Other primary creator Encyclopedia of New Zealand, Te Ara

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              In this richly illustrated book, Maori scholars and writers share the traditional knowledge passed down the generations by word of mouth. It provides a unique window on the relationship of the people of this land with their environment, as well as the profound knowledge and neces...sary skills they needed to survive here.
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              ISBN 9781869537753
              Published NZ 18 Nov 2010
              Publisher David Bateman Ltd
              Interest Age 14+ years
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              Matariki The Maori New Year

              Matariki The Maori New Year (Trade Paperback / Paperback, 2nd edition)

              By Hakaraia, Libby

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              This book is an introduction to the star group Matariki. Known in other cultures by names including the Pleiades and the Seven Sisters, Matariki featured strongly in pre-European New Zealand. It marked the beginning of the Maori calendar, and its rising before the sun in late May... or early June was greeted with great festivals.
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              ISBN 9780143010180
              Published NZ 29 May 2008
              Publisher Penguin
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              Puanga, Star of the Maori New Year

              Puanga, Star of the Maori New Year (Paperback)

              By Rerekura, Sam

              Puanga is the star Rigel in Orion. Most of the tribes of the Maori people in Aotearoa observed Puanga to mark the beginning of the Maori New Year. In Maori mythology he was believed to be the older brother of Matariki. His cosmic rising between May and June in the early morning s...ky signalled the beginning of winter. Which is why Maori knew him as the foremost winter star. A practical reason why Maori marked the New Year at this particular time of the year was because Puanga's heliacal rising coincided with the end of the harvest where the first fruits were eaten during a three-day festival of lights. The religious reason why Maori began the New Year in May-June was because it was the only time in the year when all the most significant stars important in Maori mythology rose at the same time at dawn. The kumara had been lifted, pigeons were being stored away in calabash containers and shark had been hung out to dry ready for the winter months. The New Year was a sacred time for Maori when offerings were made to Puanga and laid out by the tohunga priesthood on taahu altar shrines as a gesture of thanksgiving. Through the study of the oral literature we are able to gaze through a window into the past to understand how Maori perceived the star Puanga in ancient times. In some traditions he is said to be the son of the Goddess of the underworlds and was only born as a result of the shaking of the earth by Ruaumoko the God of earthquakes. He was then pushed up into the sky by the sun. Puanga is known to bring about the autumn rains and cause flooding throughout the country to replenish the land and leave much needed nutrients to fertilise the earth. He is believed to descend from thunder and lightning, which is logical as rain is sometimes accompanied by the elements of lightning and thunder. The Ngapuhi people saw him in the shape of a Pewa bird snare. Ngapuhi also perceived him in the form of a tuahu altarpiece. Moriori considered Puanga as the pole that held up a wha
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              ISBN 9780473278304
              Released NZ 23 May 2014
              Publisher SAM REREKURA
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