Paora Mackie (left) and Kiley Nepia sound the conch shells at the beginning of Matariki celebrations at Wairau Bar, Marlborough, in 2009. Matariki is the Māori name for the Pleiades constellation. The first moon after the constellation appears in southern skies, usually in May or June, heralds the Māori New Year. In the 2000s it was common for both Māori and Pākehā to celebrate Matariki, and from 2022 it will be marked by a public holiday.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
Photograph by Scott Hammond
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