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How are you and whānau celebrating Matariki?

Matariki, is a celebration that holds deep cultural significance in Aotearoa New Zealand. It marks the rise of the Matariki star cluster (also known as the Pleiades or the Seven Sisters) and heralds a time for reflection, remembrance, and renewal.

Matariki is both a time of celebration and a period for honoring the past, present, and future. Traditionally, it marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the new year for Māori. The sighting of the Matariki star cluster signals a time to remember those who have passed, celebrate the present, and prepare for the future.


Remembrance (Te Ao Marama): During Matariki, whānau gather to remember those who have passed away in the past year. It is a time for storytelling, sharing memories, and paying respect to ancestors.

Celebration (Te Ao Mārama): The present is celebrated through communal feasting, music, and dance. Communities come together to enjoy the fruits of their harvest and share in the joy of being with loved ones.

Planning for the Future (Te Ao Mārama): Matariki is also a time for setting goals and making plans for the future. It’s a period of renewal, where people reflect on their aspirations and make resolutions for the coming year.

Star Gazing: The most iconic way to celebrate Matariki is to wake up early and observe the Matariki star cluster in the pre-dawn sky.

Prepare a Feast: Matariki is a time for feasting. Prepare kai using seasonal and traditional Māori ingredients.

Planting and Harvesting: Matariki is closely linked to agriculture. Planting trees or a garden can be a meaningful way to honor the new year and ensure sustainability for the future.

Reflection and Resolution: Take time to reflect on the past year and set intentions for the year ahead.

Ngā mihi o Matariki, te tau hou Māori

Happy Matariki

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