Story: Maramataka – the lunar calendar

Phases of the moon

Phases of the moon

The Maramataka, the Māori calendar, was based on lunar months. Each night had a name and a specific characteristic. This handwritten chart shows some of the key phases of the moon as described by Matiti Kūhā of Kaipara.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Polynesian Society Collection
Reference: MS-Papers-1187-184-004

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Paul Meredith, 'Maramataka – the lunar calendar - Lunar months', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 September 2022)

Story by Paul Meredith, published 12 Jun 2006