Hotu brightens the skies as Rākaunui approaches

By Wepiha Te Kanawa

Last night saw the appearance of the 'Super Moon', where the moon is at its nearest point to the earth.  The moon appeared 10% brighter last night than usual. 

So, what does this mean for stargazers tonight as the full moon Rākaunui approaches?

According to Reti Wharekura, “They called it Tākeo, and what Tākeo meant was the shifting from winter to spring.”

Reti Wharekura says the Rākaunui moon that will appear tonight, was a traditional sign that the moon would be at its fullest and produce staple food from the sea.

For those who are wishing to witness the Rākaunui full moon, tonight is your chance.