Royal Society of New Zealand: The Luminaries Ten by Ten series

Awakening the Māori Moon

Dr Pauline Harris, Victoria University of Wellington

7.30 pm Tuesday, 17 November, Palmerston North Public Library, George Street, Palmerston North

 Many ancient civilisations used the heavenly bodies to track the passage of time. Māori also had a monthly calendar, the maramataka, which was used as a clock for agriculture and fishing. This Ten by Ten talk highlights how Māori scientists are engaging with local communities to research traditional Māori astronomical star lore and revitalise customary practices.

Dr Pauline Harris is a Research Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington and of Rongomaiwahine and Ngāti Kahungunu descent. She is Chair of the Society of Māori Astronomy Research and Traditions and researches Māori star lore and maramataka, as well as extra-solar planets.

In recognition of the value of light in our modern life, the UN has named 2015 as the International Year of Light. The Ten by Ten series takes a look at the importance of light in New Zealand culture, research and business.

All warmly welcome

The talk will be proceeded by the RSNZ Manawatu Branch 2015 AGM, starting at 6.30pm and light finger food.