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What is Matariki?

Matariki is the Māori name for the star cluster most commonly known as Pleiades.

In the Southern Hemisphere we best see Matariki in the dawn sky, mid-winter. Māori traditionally used the rising of Matariki as a marker for their New YearIt’s a time for family and friends to gather, to honour the dead, celebrate the present and plan for the future. 

There are 9 stars in the constellation and each have special significance as follows:

Matariki

Pōhutakawa

Tupuānuku

Tupuārangi

Waitī

Waitā

Waipunarangi

Ururangi

Hiwa-i-te rangi 

Happy New Year!

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