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Matariki

June 22, 2022

Matariki

This year our team have been enjoying using this opportunity to learn about Matariki, the special meaning it holds and how we can embrace this celebration. Matariki has encouraged us to reflect, reset and look forward to the rest of the year with hope, peace and joy. 

 

 

What is Matariki?

Matariki is the celebration of the Māori New Year when a cluster of stars (the Pleiades) rises above the horizon which brings the old year to a close and starts the new year. 

What do the stars in the cluster mean?

1. Matariki

The Mother of the star cluster and connected to health and wellbeing

2. Pōhutukawa

Is connected to those who have passed on

3. Tupuānuku

Connected to food grown in the ground and the renewal of nature

4. Tupurangi

Connected to food from the sky 

5. Waitī

Connected to fresh water food

6. Waitā

Connected to salt water and protecting all creatures within it

7. Ururangi

Connected to the nature of the wind

8. Hiwa-i-te-rangi 

Connected to your dreams and desires for the year ahead

9. Waipunarangi

Connected to the rain

What is the importance of Matariki?

Matariki is a special time of remembrance, reflection and looking ahead to the future, where communities and whānau can come together to celebrate.

How can we celebrate Matariki? 
  • Enjoy the company of friends and whānau with a mid-winter meal. 
  • Take some time to write down your hopes, dreams and aspirations for the year ahead. 
  • Do some star-gazing! How often do we really take a moment to look up at the night sky? See if you can spot the Matariki cluster.
  • Take time to remember loved ones that have past away. 
  • Call and check in with your family and friends that live in a different city or country.

    Getting in the Matariki spirit here at WT HQ with some crafty window decal!


  • Helpful Resources

    Here are some resources we found helpful into understanding Matariki better. 

    1. Woman Magazine 
    Stacey Morrison, Columnist for Woman Magazine provides a personal viewpoint about Matariki. 

    View here

    2. Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand
    A step-by-step guide into Matariki.

    View here

    3. Living by The Stars, Youtube Channel 
    A youtube channel by Professor Rangi Matamua, a Māori scholar specialising in Māori astronomy, and in particular Matariki.

    View here

    Events in Wellington

    Check out some family-friendly events celebrating Matariki here  


    We hope you find time to celebrate Matariki with your loved ones this year. 

    Mānawatia a Matariki, best wishes for the year ahead.

    Team WT x

     

     


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