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Matariki celebrations mark the rise of the Matariki constellaton and the beginning of the Māori New Year.

The Matariki constellation can be seen rising just before dawn in the last few days of May or the beginning of June every year.

Matariki celebrations usually begin on the day of the first new moon following its rising. The date for the new moon in 2012 is 21 June.

There are lots of resources to support the teaching and learning of Matariki, here are just a few:

 Questions / Things to think about

  1. How does your school celebrate Matariki?
  2. What do your students know about Matariki? How do their whānau celebrate?
  3. What can your students or their whānau teach your class and school about Matariki?

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