What is Matariki?
Ko Matariki kei runga, ko Puanga kei runga!

Matariki signals the Māori New Year. It is a time of renewal and celebration in New Zealand that begins with the rising of the Matariki star cluster (the Pleiades or Seven Sisters).

When is Matariki?

According to maramataka (the Māori lunar calendar), the reappearance of the seven Matariki stars, in late May or early June, brings the old year to a close and marks the beginning of the new year.

Ka puta Matariki ka rere Whānui.
Ko te tohu tēnā o te tau e!

Matariki reappears, Vega starts its flight. 
The new year begins!

Festivities often begin when the cluster is first seen sparkling in the darkness of the dawn, but they may also start on the first full moon after Matariki rises, or on the next new moon.

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He tau hou

Ka hau ake a Matariki, a Puanga ka hui te whānau, ka tere atu ngā mahara ki te tau kua hipa, ka whiua he hākari, ā, ka titiro whakamua ki te tau e tū mai nei. 

He iwi mātai whetū ngā tūpuna. I ngā pō o Haratua, ka ngaro a Matariki i te tirohanga kanohi. Tāria te wā, ka mahuta ake te kāhui whetū o Matariki i te atapō.

E ai ki te maramataka, ko te aranga mai o Matariki te tohu o te tau hou. Ki ētehi iwi o Te Tai Hau-ā-uru, o Te Waipounamu ko Puanga kē te whetū tohu i te tau hou.

 

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