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.

the 2019 Matariki began on 25 June.


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