Stargazing Stays For Matariki, The Māori New Year, Now Officially A Public Holiday In New Zealand

This year Aotearoa New Zealand is celebrating what may be the world’s first reintroduced indigenous holiday anywhere in the world, according to Dr. Rangi Matamua, an indigenous studies and Māori cultural astronomy academic of Tūhoe descent. Matariki is the Māori New Year in Te Ao Māori, or the Māori world view, and is signified by the reappearance of the Matariki star cluster in the early morning sky.

English speakers may know the star cluster better by its ancient Greek name of the Pleiades, while Subaru drivers will recognize it from the logo on their car. But for Māori people in New Zealand, seeing these stars reappear

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