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Matariki – 18 May

Twinkling in the winter sky just before dawn, Matariki (the Pleiades) signals the Māori New Year. What is Matariki? 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.

Traditionally, it was a time for remembering the dead, and celebrating new life. Heaven-bound kites, hot-air balloons and fireworks … For many Māori, it heralds the start of a new year.

To find out more about Matariki celebrations visit www.teara.govt.nz/en/matariki-maori-new-year