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Celebrating Matariki (2021)

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Matariki is a distinctly Aotearoa New Zealand celebration. Hashtag: #Matariki

Matariki is the Māori name for the stars also known as the Pleiades star cluster in the constellation Taurus. Celebrations begin on the day of the first new moon following the rising of the star cluster.

In 2021 the Matariki star cluster rose in the morning skies on July 2, beginning a month of celebration. And on June 24, 2022 the festivities become an annual public holiday.

The calendar date for holiday will shift each year to align with the maramataka (Māori lunar calendar) and will always be on a Friday.

Where you can celebrate Matariki, the Māori New Year – Stuff
Matariki public holiday dates for next 30 years announced

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reveals date of first Matariki public holiday
New Zealand creates public holiday to celebrate Māori new year
New Matariki public holiday date to move around like Easter, date for 2022 to be announced

Elsewhere on the Web
Beginner’s Guide to finding Matariki (2008)
When to observe Matariki

Questions for Locals

  • How do you celebrate Matariki?
  • Are there upcoming events focusing on Matariki?
  • Are there photos, posters or fan art for Matariki?
  • Does this year’s Matariki influence other events in the cultural, technical, and political calendars in New Zealand (Aotearoa)?
  • What are the relevant Twitter accounts?
  • What changes are expected when Matariki becomes a public holiday?

Night market and light installations among events for Matariki in South Canterbury
Dunedin Gets Ready For Matariki
The Billion Stars Project – Radio NZ

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