Author(s): Wiremu Tawhai
Originally researched and written as part of an academic study, Living by the Moon sets out and discusses the maramataka or lunar month and the understanding of the days and nights according Te Whanau-a-Apanui tribal knowledge.
Wiremu Tawhai (Te Whauau-a-Apanui) was a teacher of language and culture, scholar, author, actor and broadcaster. An elder of Te Whanau-a-Apanui, he learned traditional knowledge from a young age and was acknowledged as an expert on oral literature and marae protocols and an authority on marmataka, the Maori calendar. He was an advisor to national science organisations, on the board of Te Waka Toi and received a Ta Kingi Ihaka Award for his work in protecting and promoting Maori arts.