What is Matariki?
Matariki is when a group of seven stars come together in the sky. It is also when the Maori have new year. When the stars appear in late May of early June is the beginning of the Maori new year. The seven stars have another name it is the seven sisters. The biggest sister is Matariki she guides her younger siblings to their places in the sky. The old stories also tell us that when the stars shine brightly the year will be good for growing crops. There will be plenty of seafood to gather. We celebrate Matariki in lots of different ways. We fly and make kites. We catch kai moana too.