Matariki 10th June 2013 the start of the Māori New Year.
The pre-dawn rise of Matariki can be seen in the last few days of May every year. The new moon can be seen for the first time this year 10th June 2013. Matariki is the Māori name for the star cluster known as the Pleiades. The brightest stars are quite easy to see with the unaided eye in Greek legend bear the names of Seven Sisters, the daughters of Atlas and Pleone, Alcyone, Merope, Asterops, Maia, Taygeta, Calaeno and Electra.
Traditionally for Māori when it appeared just before dawn in late May or early June, it signaled the start of the Māori New Year. Throughout Matariki, we learn about those who came before us. Our history, our family, our bones. Matariki signals growth. It's a time of change. It's a time to prepare, and a time of action. During Matariki, we acknowledge what we have and what we have to give.
Matariki celebrates the diversity of life. It's a celebration of culture, language, spirit and people.
Matariki is our Aotearoa Pacific New Year.
In Auckland - there is Matariki festival 22 June Pipiri - 22 July Hongongoi