"One of the Waikato Kingite Flags at Waahi. The canoe represents the Tainui; the rainbow is the symbol of the god Uenuku, and the seven stars above the rainbow are the Pleiades (Matariki)."   The Maori: Yesterday and To-day

Kīngitanga flags: Mahuta's flag – Ngā haki – Māori and flags

Matariki (the Pleiades)    "Matariki is the Māori 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. In one tradition, Matariki is the mother surrounded by her six daughters, Tupu-a-nuku, Tupu-a-rangi, Waitī, Waitā, Waipuna-a-rangi and Ururangi."    Image by Carter Observatory  Photograph by Mark Cannell

The Pleiades - Matariki. For Māori and other Pacific peoples, the arrival of Matariki in the morning sky in mid-winter marks a new year.

"Matariki is the Māori name for the star formation Pleiades that rises in last week of May or first week of June. This year it is clearly visible on 22 June. This coincides with the end of summer and the beginning of winter. Matariki is also the Māori New Year."    Native Ideas of Astromony. (Wm. King, Taranaki; April 1846.), 31 March 1846, Manuscripts and Pictorial, Reference: MS-1202. Object #1032093

"Matariki is the Māori name for the star formation Pleiades that rises in last week of May or first week of June. This year it is clearly visible on 22 June. This coincides with the end of summer and the beginning of winter. Matariki is also the Māori New Year." Native Ideas of Astromony. (Wm. King, Taranaki; April 1846.), 31 March 1846, Manuscripts and Pictorial, Reference: MS-1202. Object #1032093

This museum session, "explored the traditions of Matariki and the place of this festival within contemporary culture. What does it mean to people in today's society and does it have a legitimate place in our national calendar?"

This museum session, "explored the traditions of Matariki and the place of this festival within contemporary culture. What does it mean to people in today's society and does it have a legitimate place in our national calendar?


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