"One of the Waikato Kingite Flags at Waahi. The canoe represents the Tainui; the rainbow is the symbol of the god Uenuku, and the seven stars above the rainbow are the Pleiades (Matariki)." The Maori: Yesterday and To-day
Winter stars "This chart shows the winter stars that were important to Māori. The pre-dawn rising of Matariki (the Pleiades) and Puanga (Rigel) signified the start of the Māori year, in winter. Takurua (Sirius) literally means winter." Manuka Henare. 'Te mahi kai – food production economics', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 1-Mar-09 URL: http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/te-mahi-kai-food-production-economics/4/1
Matariki (the Pleiades) "Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars known as the Pleiades. When it rises in the north-eastern skies in late May or early June, it signals to Māori that the New Year will begin. In one tradition, Matariki is the mother surrounded by her six daughters, Tupu-a-nuku, Tupu-a-rangi, Waitī, Waitā, Waipuna-a-rangi and Ururangi." Image by Carter Observatory Photograph by Mark Cannell
"In this clip, Pou Temara of Ngāi Tuhoe relates a legend of the formation of the Matariki star cluster. Tāwhirimātea, the atua (divine presence) of the winds and elements, wages war against his older brothers because they had separated their parents, Ranginui (the sky) and Papatūānuku (the earth). In his anger, he tore out his eyes and flung them into the heavens: one meaning of Matariki is ‘little eyes’."
"Matariki is the Māori name for the star formation Pleiades that rises in last week of May or first week of June. This year it is clearly visible on 22 June. This coincides with the end of summer and the beginning of winter. Matariki is also the Māori New Year." Native Ideas of Astromony. (Wm. King, Taranaki; April 1846.), 31 March 1846, Manuscripts and Pictorial, Reference: MS-1202. Object #1032093
Mayor Len Brown was at One Tree Hill this morning to celebrate Matariki. "Auckland Mayor Len Brown was at early morning prayers this morning at One Tree Hill, and says that Matariki is an important time of year for New Zealanders." http://www.3news.co.nz/Matariki-celebrations
This museum session, "explored the traditions of Matariki and the place of this festival within contemporary culture. What does it mean to people in today's society and does it have a legitimate place in our national calendar?"