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Matariki is not one specific day it is a season heralded by the rise of the Matariki cluster in the eastern sky in winter. The dates that iwi and hāpu use to mark the rise is dependent on where they are in the country and which particular stars in the cluster, they give honour to.
Te Wangana o Aotearoa has a great web site with Matariki resources including Matariki dates.
This year, Māori@Massey have decided to acknowledge the Māori New Year from 15 June to 26 July 2020.
There is no one way to celebrate Matariki, but events or activities that encourage the following are suitable:
The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, has excellent web resources including suggested Matariki activitites.
There are generally considered to be nine stars although this differs between iwi and hāpu. Each star is seen to hold significance over particular aspects of our lives or the environment.
In June/July – Matariki can be seen low on the eastern horizon at dawn. Here’s an explanation from Te Papa on how to spot it.
Matariki is a specific celebration to Aotearoa New Zealand and honours our season of winter under our stars. It is an opportunity for all New Zealanders to honour our environment and to open ourselves to learning about the traditions of this country which go back hundreds of years beyond colonial settlement.
One way to say ‘happy Matariki’ in te reo Māori is - Ngā mihi o Matariki, te tau hou Māori.
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Last updated on Wednesday 24 June 2020