When winter has come just before dawn Matariki signals the Maori New Year. Traditional families think it's the time to remember the dead and celebrate a new life to the people who have died in the past.
What does Matariki mean?
Matariki means the Maori name for 'A cluster of starts' also some people call it 'The Pleiades'. It will rise around mid-winter, around late May or early June, but Matariki literally means the 'eyes of God' or 'little eyes'.
Why is Matariki inportant?
Traditionally, Matariki is the season to grow crops in the winter, but the brighter the stars get the warmer the season will get. It also means that it is inportant to some family to reflect on the past and the future
Matariki is the a celebration for everyone if they want to participate in the Maori new year