We’re celebrating the Māori New Year – Matariki, with a fun kids’ Star Hunt on now at North City.
Matariki is the Māori name given to Pleiades, an internationally recognised star cluster that can be seen all over the world. The rise of Matariki in the winter skies above Aotearoa is an important time in the Māori calendar, as it signifies the start of the Māori New Year.
The Matariki star cluster reappears in the dawn sky above Aotearoa New Zealand in late May or early June. The new moon following the rising of Matariki signals the Māori New Year. Customarily, this was a time to remember the deceased of the past year and to plan for the next year. Today, Matariki has been revived as a celebration of people, culture, language, spirituality, and history. It is a time for whānau (family) and friends to come together to reflect on the past 12 months and look towards the year ahead.
Today, everyone in Aotearoa has the opportunity to celebrate the unique place we live in, show respect for the land we live on and to share and grow together, with Matariki celebrations each year.