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Celebrating Matariki

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Pleides star constellation

Matariki, the Māori New Year, is upon us and celebrations marking this important cultural event are about to begin all over Aotearoa. Matariki is one of the most significant celebrations in the Māori calendar, beginning at the first New Moon after the Matariki star cluster has risen over the dawn horizon. In western astronomy this distinctive constellation is known as Pleiades but it holds special significance to Māori, as the star cluster was a navigational aid for voyaging and an indicator of seasonal changes. In ancient times, Matariki arrived at the end of the harvest and was a time of…Read more