Story: Leisure in traditional Māori society – ngā mahi a te rēhia

Matariki

Matariki

Matariki (Pleiades) and Puanga (Rigel) are shown in this image. The rising of Matariki for some tribes, and Puanga for others, represented the time to celebrate the harvest and also a time of plenty.  Accordingly, this was a time for leisure activities.

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Ross Calman, 'Leisure in traditional Māori society – ngā mahi a te rēhia - Festivals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/diagram/40189/matariki (accessed 8 December 2019)

Story by Ross Calman, published 5 Sep 2013