Matariki is a distinctly New Zealand tradition.
Matariki is the Māori name for the stars also known as the Pleiades star cluster in the constellation Taurus. Celebrations begin on the day of the first new moon following the rising of the star cluster.
In 2018 the Matariki star cluster will rise in New Zealand skies on June 15, beginning a month of celebration.
— Dayne Laird (@dalnzl) June 19, 2017