What & When?
HE AHA A MATARIKI? WHAT IS MATARIKI?
One of the most significant celebrations in the Māori calendar is Matariki, the indigenous New Year. Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in mid-winter – late May or early June. For early Māori, Matariki was strongly connected to the seasons and was an indicator of the forthcoming year.
AHEA A MATARIKI? WHEN IS MATARIKI
Some iwi start celebrations when Matariki is first seen, however it is the first new moon after Matariki that officially signals the Māori New Year. Some people celebrate the New Year on the day the new moon rises, and others celebrate on the day after the new moon, which this year is June 15th.