This week is known as Matariki and marks the beginning of the Maori New Year.
Matariki is the name of the Pleiades star cluster and the season of its first rising in late May or early June, which is taken as the beginning of the Maori new year.
We have put together a website especially for Matariki – CLICK HERE for cool resources and videos
Traditionally, it was a time for remembering the dead, and celebrating new life. In the 21st century, observing Matariki has become popular again. Heaven-bound kites, hot-air balloons and fireworks help mark the occasion.