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CELEBRATING MATARIKI

Jun 22, 2022

IRMTNZ invites all our members to celebrate Matariki – a time for reflection and renewal.

For Māori, the disappearance of the star cluster Matariki (otherwise known as the Pleiades) in April/May was a signal to preserve food for the winter. When Matariki returns to the skies late June a new year and a new growing season begins.

Matariki is traditionally a time to get together and celebrate by sharing food, stories, knowledge and entertainment. At this time we bring the past, present and future together by remembering those who have died since the last rising of Matariki, gathering together with family and friends and looking forward to the promise of the new year.

Enjoy this time with your whanau, reflecting on the past and looking forward to the future.

Mānawa maiea te putanga o Matariki
Mānawa maiea te ariki o te rangi
Mānawa maiea te mātahi o te tau
Welcome the rising of Matariki
Welcome the rising of the lord of the sky
Welcome the New Year

(from Te Ture mō te Hararei Tūmatanui o te Kāhui o Matariki 2022 / Te Kāhui o Matariki Public Holiday Act 2022)

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