The rise of the star cluster of Matariki in winter marks the beginning of the Māori year. This collection of resources helps explain the significance of Matariki to iwi Māori, as well as some traditions and how Matariki is celebrated in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars that rises in midwinter in the constellation of Taurus. For many Māori, Matariki signals the start of a new year - it is a time to remember those who've passed since the last rising of Matariki, to celebrate the present, and to look to the future.
Matariki is the Māori name for the star cluster also known as the Pleiades or Seven Sisters in other cultures. The rise of Matariki in mid-winter marks the start of the new year for most iwi in traditional Māori culture. Matariki is now celebrated in a variety of ways around Aotearoa New Zealand.