Wednesday, 27 June 2018


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Te Marama Tamatea-ā-iō (aka first quarter phase of the moon or waxing half-moon). Image courtesy of Dayne Laird</p>  Matariki, Taumata-kuku, Puanga, and Takarua all in view taken from Owairaka (Mt Albert) in July 2013<p class="detail-small">Image courtesy of Dayne Laird</p> Image of Pleiades (Matariki) star cluster. This is a NASA image so the actual appearance will be different<p class="detail-small">Wikipedia image with editing from Dayne Laird</p>

What is Matariki?

Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in mid-winter and for many Māori, it heralds the start of a new year.
Matariki literally means the ‘eyes of god’ (mata ariki) or ‘little eyes’ (mata riki). According to myth, when Ranginui, the sky father, and Papatūānuku, the earth mother, were separated by their children, the god of the winds, Tāwhirimātea, became so angry that he tore out his eyes and threw them into the heavens.
Traditionally, it was a time for remembering the dead, and celebrating new life. In the 21st century, observing Matariki has become popular again. Kites, hot-air balloons and fireworks help mark the occasion. 


  1. Congratulations on your awesome video, Room 10! It's great to see that Mrs Helsham was able to video from start to finish without having to stop the video! You all practised very hard to be able to remember what to do in your play!


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