The difference between Puanga and Matariki
Ko Puanga, ko Matariki me ō rāua hononga

Some iwiiwi tribes celebrate Puanga rather than Matariki. Che Wilson of Whanganui iwi explains why this is the case, and which iwi celebrate Puanga.

‘Ko Puanga te pae ārahi i ngā tohu o te tau hou i te pae ururangi' 

– 'Puanga leads the celestial signs to herald the New Year.’

All iwi celebrate the Māori New Year in June or July, but not all iwi refer specifically to this time of year as Matariki. Instead, other iwi will name this time of year ‘Puanga’.

Why do some iwi look for Puanga?

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Ki tā ētehi, ehara a Matariki i te tohu o te tau, ko Puanga kē. Anei ētehi whakamārama nā Che Wilson o Whanganui iwi mō ngā iwi e whai i ngā tohutohu o Puanga.

‘Ko Puanga te pae ārahi i ngā tohu o te tau i te pae ururangi.’

Kua rangona nuitia ngā marama o Hune me te Hūrae ki te whakanui i te tau hou Māori.  Heoi, ki tā ētehi iwi ehara a Matariki i te tohu o te tau, ko Puanga kē te tohu o te tau.

Nā te aha i pēnei ai te mana o Puanga?

Ki tā ētehi iwi, ka whai mana ake a Puanga i a Matariki i te mea tē taea te kite i...

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