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Matariki (the Pleiades)

Matariki (the Pleiades)

Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars known as the Pleiades. When it rises in the north-eastern skies in late May or early June, it signals to Māori that the New Year will begin. In one tradition, Matariki is the mother surrounded by her six daughters, Tupu-a-nuku, Tupu-a-rangi, Waitī, Waitā, Waipuna-a-rangi and Ururangi.

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Photograph by Mark Cannell

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Paul Meredith. 'Matariki – Māori New Year - Heralding the new year', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 9-Jul-13
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