The rising of the Matariki star constellation announces Te Tau Hou, the Māori New Year.
Matariki is the name for the cluster of stars known as the Pleiades. When it rises in the north-eastern skies in late May or early June, it signals to Māori that the New Year will begin.
Photo: Wikimedia Commons / Filip Lolić
To mark Matariki, singer-songwriter and APRA Maioha award-winner Rob Ruha embarked on Matariki on the Move, a traveling concert series that has been visiting marae and community halls. His first stop… Audio
Radio Ngāti Porou CEO Erana Keelan-Reedy on Charlie Kahaki's Matariki, written by Tumanako Kurur Audio
Selected by Te Korimako o Taranaki - Tutu Ka'ika perform their waiata 'Puanga Hokinga Mahara', by Clive Tongāwhikau Snr. Lead vocals by Wharekuka Tongāwhikau, with backing vocals from Clive… Audio
Selected by Radio Kahungunu - Whiri Tū Aka perform their waiata, 'Matariki', written by Gaynor Rikihana (Ngāti Raukawa) and Keri Takao (Te Atiawa, Ngai Tūhoe, Ngāti Rārua). Audio
Matariki, the cluster of stars whose arrival - for many of us here in Aotearoa - signals the beginning of a brand new year. The name literally means 'little eyes' (Mata riki) or "Eyes of God' (Mata… Audio
Outdoors man and adventurer Kennedy Warne discusses Matariki, climate and kauri. Audio
James Tito, Matariki Whatarau, Maaka Pohatu and Francis Kora from The Modern Maori Quartet preview their Te Ahi Kaa festival performances. Audio
Ka puta Matariki, ka rere a Whānui. Ko te tohu tena o te tau e.
Matariki re-appears, Whānui starts its flight. Being the sign of the new year!
(Whānui, also known as Vega, is the fifth brightest… Audio
The place of Matariki and its traditions in today's culture is discussed by Haare Williams, director of Maori Partnerships at Auckland Museum; musician Whirimako Black; composer and researcher Te… Audio
Moving from the fantastical to the tangible is just part of the work that Toa Waaka is aiding in his role as Vice President of the Society for Māori Astronomy Research and Traditions (SMART). He… Audio
Dr Pauline Harris, astrophysicist and astronomer who's working on the revitalisation of Māori star lore - how did Māori and other societies used the sun, stars and planets to track time? Audio
Astronomer Richard Hall talks about the dawn rising of the Pleiades star cluster. Audio
Alan Gilmore from Mt John Observatory and Eru Rerekura discuss Matariki. Audio
Matariki ahunga nui.
Matariki has many admirers.
Explained by Jamie McCaskill nō Ngāti Tamatera. Audio
Kai for Matariki