Story: Matariki – Te Tau Hou Māori

Ngā Mata o te Ariki

In February 2021, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the date for the inaugural Ngā Mata o te Ariki (Matariki) public holiday: Friday 24 June 2022. She said at the time of the announcement: ‘Matariki will be a distinctly New Zealand holiday; a time for reflection and celebration, and our first public holiday that recognises Te Ao Māori'.

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Paul Meredith, 'Matariki – Te Tau Hou Māori - Modern Matariki', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2024)

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