Matariki - Māori New Year
Matariki is a celebration for all New Zealanders.
In Waitaha, Te Waipounamu the Māori New Year begins when Puaka (Rigel) appears as the brightest star over Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū (Banks Peninsula). In 2017, this will take place on Pipiri 25 June.
Matariki/Puaka is a time to celebrate whānau and all the precious moments. A time to huddle together and stay warm. We share kai, we share stories, we farewell our loved ones that have gone before us and give thanks for the prosperous year ahead.
There are lots of ways you can celebrate Matariki. Some ideas to get you started include:
- Getting your family together for a feast!
- Planting a tree or preparing your vege garden for new planting
- Have a quiet moment of wonder and check out the stars
- Attend a local Matariki event.