The primary objective of the research program is to safeguard Māori astronomical wisdom, known as tātai arorangi. SMART’s Research Program is dedicated to the compilation, preservation, and rejuvenation of Māori astronomical knowledge. Collaborating with prominent Wananga and Universities throughout Aotearoa such as Victoria, Waikato, Auckland University, and Te Wānanga o Awanuiarangi, our research focuses on iwi-specific astronomical knowledge, Māori calendrical systems, and archeoastronomy.

Matariki Events and Festivities


Education is a cornerstone of our mission. We are committed to providing rangatahi with ample opportunities to unlock their potential. Our aim is to foster their curiosity and excitement about science while also instilling an appreciation for Māori knowledge. Together, we have developed a unique program that integrates both knowledge systems, offering science within a kaupapa Māori framework to enhance rangatahi engagement.


SMART organizes two major annual events. The first is Matariki or Puanga, celebrated in June, and the second is Mataora, the celestial navigation event, traditionally supported by TPK, Unesco, and Victoria University, held in November. Past Mataora events have featured community wananga with esteemed speakers such as Tohunga Hector Busby, Jack Thatcher, Hoturoa Kerr, Dr. Pauline Harris, Toa Waaka, and other community members. Our Matariki events include wananga, musical concerts, talks, and public displays.