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Celebrating Matariki 2022

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Matariki is a pinnacle celebration in Aotearoa New Zealand. Hashtags: #Matariki #Matariki2022

The significance of the adoption of Matrariki is one of the global signposts that perhaps some things are improving.

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

In 2024 the Matariki star cluster will rise in the morning skies on June 24, beginning a month of celebration. And this year 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.

RNZ: It’s estimated Matariki will benefit domestic tourism industry between $110 million to $160m.

Explainer: What is Matariki and why is it our newest holiday?
How Matariki is being marked and celebrated around Aotearoa – RNZ
Logo represents hopes for nation’s unity during Matariki celebrations – RNZ
Astronomical events coincide with first Matariki public holiday – NZ Herald
New symbol for Matariki
More support for tourism facilities and Matariki
Your go-to guide to Matariki in Northland – Stuff
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
Matariki is a time for remembrance, celebrating the present and looking to the futurematariki.net.nz/resources

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 Aotearoa New Zealand?
  • What are the relevant Twitter accounts?
  • What changes are expected as Matariki evolves as a public holiday?


Mānawatia a Matariki – Celebrate Matariki


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