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maramataka Play

1. (noun) almanac, Māori lunar calendar, calendar - a planting and fishing monthly almanac. For most tribes the lunar months began with the new moon, but for some with the full moon (Rākaunui). The start of each month was aligned to the morning rising of particular stars. The maramataka names are similar for most tribes, but the order may vary from tribe to tribe.

Anei rā tā mātau maramataka tā te Māori mai i te rā tuatahi o te marama ki te toru tekau mā tahi o ngā rā o te marama (HP 1991:30). / Here is the almanac according to the Māori, from the first day to the thirty-first day of the month.
(Te Māhuri Textbook (Ed. 2): 104-106; Te Māhuri Video Tapes (Ed. 1): 2;)


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