Ururangi

Ururangi

Ururangi

Ko ngā hau ki ētahi wāhi; Ko ngā kai kei Orariki.
No matter which way the wind blows (season), one can always procure food at Taumutu.

I am Ururangi. I am the star who will determine the winds for the coming year.

Te Hau me te Ha / The Wind and the Breath

Everything starts with the murmur of the wind - its breath. Hau (wind) stems from the root word ‘ha’, the breath. ‘Ha’ creates the spark of life which we call ‘mauri’. For Māori, the land must have a ‘hau’. The hau of land is its vitality and fertility. Ngāi Tahu have an expression that represents this view when they talk about Te Waihora-Lake Ellesmere which declares, “Ko ngā hau ki ngā whenua, ko ngā kai ki Orariki – Whatever the season or wind, food will be found at Orariki”. Te Waihora-Lake Ellesmere was famous as the food basket for Ngāi Tahu. It’s ‘hau’ was everywhere ...

Māori extended the concept of human kinship, whakapapa, to natural phenomena – including the winds.

Exhibition-Te-Reo-panel-9-Ururangi

Ururangi

Ko ngā hau ki ētahi wāhi, ko ngā kai kei Orariki.

Ko Ururangi au. Ka hono atu au ki ngā hau o te tau e tū mai ana.

Te Hau

Everything starts with the murmur of the wind - its breath. Hau (wind) stems from the root word ‘ha’, the breath. ‘Ha’ creates the spark of life which we call ‘mauri’ - a word found often enough in New Zealand.

For Māori, the land must have a ‘hau’. The hau of land is its vitality and fertility. Ngāi Tahu have an expression that represents this view when they talk about Te Waihora-Lake Ellesmere which declares, “Ko ngā hau ki ngā whenua, ko ngā kai ki Orariki – Whatever the season or wind, food will be found at Orariki”. Te Waihora-Lake Ellesmere was famous as the food basket for Ngāi Tahu. It’s ‘hau’ was everywhere ...

Ko tā te Māori, ka timata ngā mea katoa i te hau, arā ko te whanaungatanga me te whakapapa, tae atu rā ki ngā tohu taiao me te hau.

Sources / Resources

  • Cultural design strategy Dr Te Maire Tau
  • He Puna Kōrero mō ngā Kura Educational Hub Cultural Narrative

Credits

  • Characters: Created by Māui Studios
  • Content: Kiri Jarden, Christchurch City Council (in consultation with mana whenua)
  • Te reo Māori translation: Corban Te Aika
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