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Mātai Whetu (a star compass)

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Out in the hills of Waimarama, Mātai Whetu (a star compass) sits. I was amazed when I got this picture on my DJI Mavic Mini (Senu). It was one of my first times using my drone for the purpose of making a video to be displayed at my whaunau whakapapa hui, As it is were my ancestral background starts. I love my home with all my heart and after visiting Hakikino, a place I hadn’t been in years it definitely made me realize how lucky I was to grow up in such a magical place. . The celestial stars had an essential role in the Polynesian expansion across the Pacific Ocean. The waka tapu (sacred canoe), Tākitimu transported this ancient knowledge as well as the old Gods to this land. When the waka arrived at Waimārama, four tohunga (priests), elected to leave the waka and establish a school. They chose the site for their new school with great deliberation. High on the Maraetotara plateau, the school at Paewhenua gave them a clear and unobstructed view of the heavens. The school also served as a Mātai Whetu – a place to view the stars, an observatory. The actual site of the archaic school is now lost to mystery, history and legend but stone-faced guardians remain. They dot the ridgeline, their flinty gaze fixed upon the fortress beneath – Hakikino, home of the mother of the tribe, Hinengatiira. A carved totem celebrates her genealogy a whakapapa that binds us to those early priests.

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Lachlan Morris
Hi I’m a rookie photographer from Waimarama, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. I have always been fascinated by photography and capturing moments in time of all the things that surround me. In 2020 I decided to start doing something with my photography, so I started a Facebook page and Instagram. After warming comments and loving messages about the photos and info provided, I thought it was time to share it with more of the public. So I hope you enjoy the moments I capture in time.

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