Pānui (News and Events)
The Waitangi Tribunal has released the Wai 262 report Ko Aotearoa Tēnei concerning the place of mātauranga Māori in contemporary New Zealand law, and government policy and practice. The report has implications for education, research, and health services.
Summary fact sheets and the full report are available from the Waitangi Tribunal
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
In 2011 Maori Language Week was celebrated by the University of Otago Wellington and Capital and Coast Health DHB with a series of lunchtime and evening events.
In early June, the star cluster Matariki (the Pleiades or the Seven sisters) reappears in the dawn sky to the east. The first new moon after Matariki appears marks the beginning of the Maori New Year. In 2011 this occurred on 4 June. This is a time to reflect on the past and plan for the future. On the western side of the Tararua and Rimutaka mountain ranges, Matariki is hidden behind the mountains but Puanga (the Dog Star) becomes visible and marks the beginning of the Māori New Year.
Matariki is celebrated at the University of Otago Wellington in collaboration with the Capital and Coast DHB during June of each year.