Kia Ora, Tamariki

Matariki is the Māori name for the star cluster known as Pleiades.
The full name is “Ngā mata a te Ariki Tawhirimātea – the eyes of the God Tawhirimātea”. It is also the name for the Māori New Year celebration.

Traditionally, Matariki was a time to remember those who had died in the last year. But it was also a happy event – crops had been harvested and seafood and birds had been collected. With plenty of food in the storehouses, Matariki was a time for singing, dancing and feasting.

Matariki, or Māori New Year celebrations were once popular, but stopped in the 1940s. In 2000, they were revived.

Only a few people took part at first, but in just a few years thousands were honouring the ‘New Zealand Thanksgiving’. 

A special feature of Matariki celebrations is the flying of kites – according to ancient custom they flutter close to the stars.


How is Matariki celebrated?

Matariki is celebrated in a variety of ways. This important event in New

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What date is Matariki on?

The date of Matariki varies from year to year. Generally

Why do we celebrate Matariki

Today Matariki means celebrating the unique place in which

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What does Matariki mean?

The word Matariki has two different meanings.  Both

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How do I find Matariki?

Matariki can be seen just before dawn around the winter

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When is Matariki?

Over the years Matariki has been celebrated at different


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