Once a year in the winter sky just before dawn, Matariki (the Pleiades) signals the Maori New Year.
Matariki is a small but distinctive star cluster known as the Pleiades star cluster or the seven sisters whose appearance in the north eastern pre-dawn sky in late May, early June marks the start of a new phase of life.
This year on 21 June the Matariki star cluster rises into our skies signalling the beginning of a month of celebration.
Matariki is our Aotearoa Pacific New Year.
Matariki is a time for making special things for family and friends - share a meal, share family stories, learn about the stars.
Matariki is a time to plant trees and winter crops. A time of new beginnings and reflection.
Have a look at the stars this week and see if you can find the 7 stars of Matariki