Story: Matariki – Māori New Year

Kūmara harvest

Kūmara harvest

Matariki played a significant role in determining when to plant foods such as kūmara (sweet potatoes). Clear, bright stars indicated a good season. But if they were hazy and bunched together, a cold winter was predicted, and planting was delayed.

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Paul Meredith, 'Matariki – Māori New Year - Cycles of life and death', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 June 2021)

Story by Paul Meredith, published 12 Jun 2006