Tākina mai rā te huihuika o Matariki, o Puaka, o Tautoru, o Takurua. Ko Puaka ki ruka hai tohu o te wā, kia rite ai kā tākata. Kia whakakau ake a Matariki ka pānuitia ia whetū e taea ai te matapae i te tau e tū mai nei. He wā hoki kia poroporoaki ai te huka mate o te tau ka huri.
Kua kohia kā tipu kia tāpaea ki a Matariki. Ko te manaaki, ko te atawhai i te taiao ētahi kaupapa nui mō te whakanui i a Matariki kia whakamanawatia te whenua me te wai. Tērā a Waitī, a Waitā, a Waipuna-ā–raki, a Tupuāraki, a Tupuānuku, a Ururaki, kia mahara hoki tātou ki te tiaki i te ao tūroa, mō tātou ā mō kā uri ā muri ake nei.
Tērā hoki a Hiwaiteraki hai awhero o kā wawata. Horahia nuitia mai kā hua tuawhiti mātinitini o te tau.
For centuries, people across the world have observed the rising and setting of stars as indicators of seasonal change and prosperity. In Aotearoa New Zealand, the rising of the constellations Matariki (Pleiades) and Tautoru (Orion), and the stars Puaka (Rigel) and Takurua (Sirius), represents this transformation.
The reappearance of Puaka marks a change in season and the rising of Matariki signals a time for reflection and to celebrate those who have died.
In 2017, Matariki sets on 19 May and rises on 17 June. This year, we will hold our festival from Saturday 17 June to Friday 23 June.
Puaka Matariki Festival contestable funding applications will be open from 10 March to 7 April. Grants funding will be prioritised for events that happen during the festival timeline, 17 – 23 June.
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