Story: Matariki – Te Tau Hou Māori

Celebrating Puanga

In this video, Ngāti Rangi gather on Mt Ruapehu in 2019 to celebrate Puanga. Like Matariki, Puanga is a time to reflect on the past and plan for and celebrate the year ahead. It's an opportunity for the iwi and community to honour their mountain, remember loved ones and look forward to the new year. 

Kaumātua Che Wilson says: ‘In the old days during the cold times we [Ngāti Rangi] would embark on the Whanganui River where we would stay to see the rise of Matariki, but we saw Puanga instead. Therefore we look to Puanga and those stars are the ones who guide us.’

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Paul Meredith, 'Matariki – Te Tau Hou Māori - Heralding the new year', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2024)

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