Story: Matariki – Te Tau Hou Māori

Celebrating Matariki as a nation

The date for the first Matariki public holiday in 2022, along with the dates for the Matariki holiday for the next 30 years, were calculated by a Matariki Advisory Group: Professor Rangiānehu Matamua, Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, Victoria Campbell, Dr Pauline Harris, Dr Ruakere Hond, Rereata Makiha and Jack Thatcher. This group was tasked with ensuring that mātauranga Māori was at the forefront of decision-making about how Matariki is marked.

In this video, the members of the Advisory Group, including Māori astronomers and experts in celestial navigation and maramataka (the lunar calendar), talk about how they calculated the dates for the holiday in the future. As Professor Mātāmua says in this video: ‘Those dates are when we stop as a nation to celebrate the Māori New Year – celebrate Matariki – but that does not mean that that's when people have to observe the marking of the year. Different tribal groups, different regions, different hapū, different whānau, will make up their own decisions as to when they acknowledge the beginning of their year.”

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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/video/47478/celebrating-matariki-as-a-nation (accessed 19 January 2022)

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