Matariki ki Waikato
Celebrations of the Māori new year in the Waikato throughout June and July.
Matariki is commonly known as the Māori New Year and is marked by the rising of the cluster of stars named Pleiades or Matariki according to Māori.
Literally translated Matariki has two interpretations – Mata Riki (Tiny Eyes) and Mata Ariki (Eyes of God). A widely held belief in Māori folklore is that Matariki is a mother surrounded by her six daughters. The names of the various stars in the cluster are; Waipuna-ā-rangi, Uru-ā-rangi, Matariki, Waitī, Waitā, Tupu-ā-rangi, Tupu-ā-nuku.
Matariki signified harvesting of crops and planting of new ones, a time of reflection, honouring and acknowledging loved ones, and preparation for the future and a time for learning and preservation of traditional knowledge, language, customs, culture and history.
In recent times the celebration of Matariki has gained popularity amongst mainstream Aotearoa and is now widely celebrated across the country.
Matariki represents many things but more importantly it is a festive time, a celebration of people and the rich cultural fabric of Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Key organisations from throughout Hamilton City have come together to offer a full and dynamic calendar throughout the Matariki season that all the whānau can enjoy.
Matariki rere ki pae mahara - Matariki a time to remember and reflect