Matariki is the Maori New Year, when the star cluster Europeans call "The Pleiades" rises in the north-east in the evening twilight.

The precise date depends also on the moon, which is why it is not a fixed date. The rising is also affected by latitude, being later on any given day for viewers further south.

Watch for ceremonies and a big celebration on Maori Television.

Hi. It's actualy the southern hemisphere New Year, as the January 1st new year applies only to the northern hemisphere. It is always mid winter. It's for all of us!Edit

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