24th June 2022

Matariki is a special occasion in Aotearoa New Zealand when we all gather together to acknowledge the year that has passed and remember those we have lost. It's a time of reflection, remembering, sharing, and storytelling, but also an opportunity to celebrate who we currently are and our plans for the future.

Looking skyward, the Māori New Year begins with the reappearance of the star cluster Matariki (or 'the Pleiades') cluster in our night sky during winter. But for some iwi on the west coast who cannot see Matariki clearly, the occasion is marked by the rising of Puanga or Rigel in the constellation of Orion. Read more about The difference between Puanga and Matariki.

National Library offers some great ways to learn about Matariki, and ideas on ways to celebrate: Mānawatia a Matariki – Happy Māori New Year! We also have access to a large selection of material on Matariki, Puanga, and the Māori New Year if you want to learn more.