Story: Matariki – Māori New Year

New Year with a bang

New Year with a bang

Traditionally, kites were flown as part of Māori New Year celebrations. They were thought to flutter close to the stars. Making and flying kites has played a part in a number of recent celebrations. Te Rangi Huata included fireworks, shown here, and hot-air balloons at his Matariki festival in Hawke’s Bay. He considered these a more modern way to reach for the stars.

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Reference: 14 June 2004

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Paul Meredith, 'Matariki – Māori New Year - Modern Matariki', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/5165/new-year-with-a-bang (accessed 19 April 2019)

Story by Paul Meredith, published 12 Jun 2006