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Celebrating Matariki 2013

Published: 6:36PM Monday June 10, 2013 Source: Seven Sharp

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    Source: Wikipedia

What’s Matariki?

Matariki is the Maori name of the Pleiades star cluster, otherwise known as the Seven Sisters.

The rise of the stars marks the start of winter and the traditional Maori New Year.

"When Matariki rises in mid-winter Maori believe the sun has gone on its journey as far north as it goes and Matariki goes and collects the sun and tells him it’s time to come back to earth and bring the warmth," says Waikato University lecturer Dr Rangi Matamua.

Where can I celebrate Matariki 2013?

Northland

Auckland

Waikato

Coromandel

Hawke’s Bay

Manawatu

Kapiti

Wellington & Te Papa

Canterbury

Otago

Southland

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