Matariki Myth:

Lesson description: Reading of the Seven Stars of Matariki, by the author, Toni Rolleston-Cummins. This video was made by Wellington City Libraries, in association with Huia Pub.

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Stars of Matariki - Learn to make them from Fun with Flax, Maori Non-Fiction PEN on the Floor of the Rotorua Library

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

The Pleiades - Matariki. For Māori and other Pacific peoples, the arrival of Matariki in the morning sky in mid-winter marks a new year.

Korero Maori Logo Give it a go

Korero Maori Logo Give it a goLink to a Maori Langauge Resource online shop

Events during Matariki 2013 run by the Christchurch City Council

Celebrate Matariki - the Māori New Year.

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