Mānawa maiea te putanga o Matariki --- Welcome the rising of Matariki
Mānawa maiea te ariki o te rangi --- Welcome the rising of the lord of the sky
Mānawa maiea te mātahi o te tau --- Welcome the New Year
Matariki or the Māori New Year is a time for each of us to reflect on our place in the world. On Friday 14th 2023, Aotearoa / New Zealand celebrates the second Matariki official public holiday since its inception in 2022. In 2023 the Matariki star cluster set on May 13 and is not visible in the Aotearoa night sky for a short time. It rises again from the 10 July. Download the free Stellarium Mobile app to your phone to locate Matariki (Pleiades) in relation to Taumata-kuku (Aldebaran), Puanga (Rigel) and Tautoru (Orion's belt), sing the Matariki macarena to help to remember the names of the nine whetū and watch these short Ara | Te Pūkenga video clips on each whetū Matariki.
Watch how to find the Matariki star cluster by Hauiti Gardiner [Video by Te Papa]
Mahinga kai is significant to the time of Matariki. These library blogposts share about Ngāi Tahu's food gathering activities during the time of Matariki.