Tuesday, 18 June 2013


During the early mornings Matariki stars shine up in the sky and also they helped our ancestors. They are the  7 stars that shine so bright it looks beautiful. The stars rise up during winter. They start to usually rise up on the beginnings of May and June. Its rising signals  beginnings for the Maori new years to celebrate

Did you know that they are the the 7 sisters?

There are about 500 stars but only 7 stars are able to shine the most. The name Matariki is used also for the central star in the cluster, with the surrounding stars named Tupu-a-nuku, Tupu-a-rangi, Waiti, Waita, Waipuna-a-rangi and Ururangi.

If we didn't have ancestors we wouldn't have the song kamati kamati kaora kaora.

In traditional times, Matariki was a season to celebrate and to prepare the ground for the coming year. The constellation was important for navigation and finding out about the coming seasons.

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