Story: Matariki – Te Tau Hou Māori

Matariki celebrations

Matariki celebrations

Paora Mackie (left) and Kiley Nepia of Rangitāne ki Wairau sound the conch shells at the beginning of Matariki celebrations at Wairau Bar, Marlborough, in 2009. Bringing together whānau and the wider community to mark the arrival of Matariki in the sky just before dawn is an important part of celebrations around the country.

This celebration had particular poignancy, as a few months earlier Rangitāne ki Wairau had reburied the ancient kōiwi (human remains) of their ancestors at Wairau Bar. These remains had been removed by an archaeological dig in 1940.

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Paul Meredith, 'Matariki – Te Tau Hou Māori - Modern Matariki', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/47461/matariki-celebrations (accessed 26 January 2022)

Story by Paul Meredith, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 19 Jun 2021