Whakanuia Matariki/Happy New Year!
In early Pipiri/June a small but very special cluster of stars becomes visible from Aotearoa/New Zealand, in our winter skies. The Māori name for this constellation is Matariki and traditionally its arrival marks the beginning of the Māori New Year. For some iwi, especially in the west, the star Puanga (or Reigel) marks the new year, as it is more easily visable. For many New Zealanders Matariki/Puanga is a special time to celebrate with loved ones, and a time to reflect on our own place in the world, our culture and heritage.
There are lots of fun and exciting events and activities happening in our community in celebration of Matariki, including some free library events for the whole family – nau mai, haere mai – all welcome! There are also some wonderful Matariki festivities happening around Wellington, and at Te Papa. so gather your friends and whanau and get involved!