Monday, 27 June 2016


Matariki is the Maori name for the group of stars also know as the pleiades stars cluster or the seven sister and what is known as the traditional maori new year. The maori new year is marked by the rise of matariki and the sighting of the next new moon. The pre-dawn rise of matariki can be seen in the last few days of May every year and the new year is marked at the sighting of the next new moon which occurs during June.

It has two meanings - Makariki means Tiny Eyes and Mata Ariki means Eyes of God.

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