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Ngā mihi o te tau hou! Happy new year!

The rise of the star cluster Matariki signals the start of the Māori New Year.

Ngā Mata o te Ariki, more commonly known as Matariki, is the Māori name for the star cluster Pleiades which is visible at a specific time of the year, usually June/July. 

Anika Moa's Matariki feast

We’ve been busy with our wāhine toa Anika Moa cooking up a delicious Matariki feast for you to whip up with your whānau! 

Matariki is traditionally a time to get together to share kai harvested from past seasons. Four of the stars in the Matariki constellation are connected to food; Tupuānuku – this star is related to food grown in the ground, Tupuārangi – food which comes from the sky and trees, Waitī – from rivers, streams and lakes, and Waitā – from the sea.