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 2016 the Matariki star cluster rose in New Zealand skies on Thursday, June 6, beginning a month of celebration.
Takina mai ra ko nga hui o Matariki Puanga tautoru Ka ngaro atutahi ma e karewa te tini o te wheturiki.
Matariki is the cluster of stars, Puanga is Orion, Tautoru is Orions belt, Atutahi is Conopus, Karewa is the brightest star in the sky. – Te Ahi Kaa
— Ngā Kete Wānanga-o-Ōtautahi (@ChristchurchLib) May 16, 2016
— Dayne Laird (@dalnzl_Matariki) June 2, 2016
— Tauranga City Council (@TgaCouncil) May 18, 2016
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— Matariki ki Waikato (@matarikiwaikato) June 2, 2016