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 reappearance of the constellations Matariki (Pleiades) and Tautoru (Orion), and the stars Puaka (Rigel) and Takurua (Sirius), represents this transformation.
The reappearance of Puaka and Matariki marks a change in season and signals a time for reflection and to celebrate those who have died. Māori New Year is typically celebrated at the first new moon after the reappearance of Matariki and Puaka, which this year will be on Saturday 24 June.
In 2017, we will hold our festival from Saturday 17 June to Friday 23 June.
Puaka Matariki Festival contestable funding has been allocated for this year’s programme, which will be published soon.
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