Discovering ways to celebrate Matariki in 2019

The beautiful star cluster known as Matariki appears in New Zealand skies in the maramataka month of Pipiri (June–July), signalling the beginning of the Māori New Year. Matariki will appear in the dawn sky between 25-28 June in 2019.

"Matariki is a time to celebrate new life, to remember those who’ve passed and to plan for the future. And it’s a time to spend with whānau and friends – to enjoy kai (food), waiata (song), tākaro (games) and haka.
Our tūpuna (ancestors) would look to Matariki for help with their harvesting. When Matariki disappeared in April/May, it was time to preserve crops for the winter season. When it re-appeared in June/July, tūpuna would read the stars to predict the upcoming season – clear and bright stars promised a warm and abundant winter while hazy stars warned of a bleak winter."
- Te Wananga o Aotearoa

Very close to winter solstice (on 22 June), Matariki marks the darkest, coldest time of the year and Pipiri means ‘to draw close’. Great advice!

Things you can do to celebrate Matariki

  • Invite whanau, friends and neighbours for a shared meal
  • Create a time or ritual to remember and be grateful for loved ones who have passed
  • Share your knowledge of your whakapapa with your children, by telling stories of your ancestors lives and looking through photos
  • Show your gratitude for the land and sea by planting a tree, collecting rubbish or just by spending time in nature
  • Set new goals for the coming year - for yourself and together as a whanau, and take time to consider your place in the world, while you plan for the future...

In these chilly nights with early dusk, we highly recommend taking care of yourself and your tamariki with nurturing midwinter soak in a hot bath with Natural Epsom Salts followed by Kawakawa Body Oil to sooth and smooth the skin. 

Our Matariki plans

In Auckland, the 26th is specifically a day to 'give back' in Maramataka. We'll be combining this with Matariki's 'planning for the future' and conservation themes and plant new Kawakawa shrubs! Then on the 4th July we are joining a sunset waka cruise to learn more about the skies at this time of year - so exciting!


    Matariki and Maramataka resources

    Printable information booklet (ideal for family,ECE or school use, English and Māori)

    Te Iwa o Matariki poster (Te Reo Māori)

    Te Iwa o Matariki poster (English)

    Te Iwa o Matariki colouring book

    Printable activity booklet for kids

    Learning to live by Maramataka by Ayla Hoeta and printable dial.

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