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Strong showing for New Zealand researchers in new year honours

Māori astronomy researcher honoured alongside Covid-19 experts and many others

Researchers have featured strongly in New Zealand’s latest new year honours list, claiming rewards for work on Māori culture, medicine and other disciplines.

Rangi Matamua was made Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his work on Māori astronomy, star lore and Māori culture. Matamua works at Massey University’s School of Māori Knowledge. In 2019 he became the first Māori to win the prime minister’s Science Prize and was last year made the government’s chief advisor Mātauranga Matariki.

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