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Ururangi Play

1. (personal noun) Merope - one of the stars in Te Kāhui o Matariki, the Pleiades star cluster. A star that determines the nature of the winds for the year.

E ai ki a Te Kōkau, ko Matariki te whetū nui katoa o roto i te kāhui. Kīia ai hoki tēnei whetū ko te ‘kaiwhakahaere’ o ērā atu. Ka tohua hoki e Te Kōkau ērā atu whetū e ono: ko Tupuānuku rātau ko Tupuārangi, ko Waitī, ko Waitā, ko Waipunarangi, ko Ururangi. Waihoki, e rua atu anō ngā whetū o Matariki ka tautuhia e Te Kōkau e iwa ai te katoa o te kāhui. Ko ēnei whetū, ko Pōhutukawa rāua ko Hiwa-i-te-rangi (Matariki 2017:22). / According to Te Kōkau, Matariki (Alcyone) is the largest star in the cluster. This star is referred to as the ‘conductor’ of the others. Te Kōkau also identifies the other six stars: Tupuānuku (Pleione), Tupuārangi (Atlas), Waitī (Maia), Waitā (Taygeta), Waipunarangi (Electra) and Ururangi (Merope). Furthermore, Te Kōkau identifies two other stars in Matariki, giving nine altogether in the cluster. These stars are Pōhutukawa (Sterope) and Hiwa-i-te-rangi (Calaeno).


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