Story: Matariki – Māori New Year

Tauranga Moana celebrations

In this video, Awanui Black describes how the people of the Tauranga Moana tribe celebrated Matariki. Living on the coast, they gathered mussels, which were fat and milky during this time. It was also a great time to dive for kina (sea urchins), a delicacy to offer guests.

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Paul Meredith, 'Matariki – Māori New Year - Cycles of life and death', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/5160/tauranga-moana-celebrations (accessed 21 September 2017)

Story by Paul Meredith, published 12 Jun 2006