It is a time to reflect on the past, acknowledging those who have passed on whilst looking towards the future and the up coming new season.

National Background

The customary practices relating to Puanga/Matariki are significant to Aotearoa, New Zealand and the tangata whenua (custodians of the land) of the Whanganui region. The traditional context of observing the rise of the star constellation Matariki (Pleiades) or Puanga (Rigel) connects Māori to land and sea, food-harvesting and weather patterns, gathered to share hospitality and kai (food) and to entertain and learn.

Many of these aspects of Matariki have gained momentum in recent years and this philosophy have inspired for Iwi (tribe), Hapū (sub-tribe) and whānau (family) to gather for Matariki events with many other aspects of traditional Māori culture to be shared and celebrated with their wider community. National recognition of this special time is growing with events occurring regionally with great success.

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