Te Whakaminenga o Kāpiti is actively involved in the promotion and revitalisation of Matariki in the community.
Matariki is the Māori name for the star cluster known as the Pleiades. The ascent of Matariki in late May or June signalled the change of season and heralded the start of the Māori New Year. For iwi on the west coast, the ascent of Puanga (Rigel in Orion) indicates the start of the Māori New Year as the pae maunga (mountain ranges) obstruct the view of Matariki.
Different iwi celebrate Matariki at different times. The Māori New Year is marked by the ascent of Matariki and the sighting of the next new moon.
In 2017 Matariki commences on 25 June.
Te Whakaminenga o Kāpiti in partnership with Kāpiti Coast district libraries and pools are actively involved in the promotion and revitalisation of Matariki in the community. Click here for the full range of activities that you and your whānau can get involved in: Matariki Events 2017.
This year there will be a range of local events provided by community groups, kura (schools) and the Council for you and your family to enjoy from June through to the end of July.
A full calendar of Matariki activites can be seen here.
Each year Te Whakaminenga o Kāpiti produces a maramataka (calendar) that covers the period 1 July to 30 June and includes information for fishing and planting by the moon.
The maramataka is officially blessed and launched around the time of Matariki.
The new maramataka will be available for purchase from July at Council Service Centres for $10 each.