He kōrero anō mō Matariki
Find out more about Matariki

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A full-colour, 28-page booklet offering more great ideas to help us celebrate our indigenous New Year. This  valuable resource provides a guide to the origins of the Matariki celebration, its significance and the opportunities Matariki presents for everybody to participate.

This informative booklet also invites you to use your own resources to find out more about Matariki, and to find ways of celebrating it that are relevant and special to you and your family.

This booklet is an A5 size, bilingual publication, published by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori - the Māori Language Commission.

Find out more by visiting our Shop - Toa.

  • Matariki - He Maramataka Māori (2007-2008)

A unique bilingual journal/diary based on the system of time, seasons and industry that Māori people have lived and been guided by for centuries. Designed to inspire those who are both fluent and/or interested in developing their use of te reo Māori in daily life.

This 6th edition published by Matakite Productions Ltd begins with the new moon on 15 June, 2007 and includes traditional Māori fishing and planting guides.

Orders: telephone 0800 318813 or email maramataka@gmail.com

  • Te Maramataka a te Waka Toi (2006-2007)

This calendar showcases the excellence and distinctive nature of Māori arts practice throughout Aotearoa, and illustrates the wide range of activities and initiatives supported by Te Waka Toi – the Māori arts board of Creative New Zealand.

Contact Katrina Smit: telephone (04) 498 0727


Produced to celebrate the Māori New Year, the Matariki calendar runs from June 2010 to May 2011. It pays to respect our ancestors, honours their knowledge, and is our koha back to them.

Unique to New Zealand, the calendar is based on traditional knowledge of the seasonal cycle. It takes a holistic look at our natural world and our place in it. Each month is illustrated with stunning images appropriate to the season and interpreted in both te reo Māori and English.

There are many more beautiful Matariki items available from the Te Papa Store.


These have been developed by Auahi Kore in association with Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori.


The images in this maramataka portray passion, strength and vitality - they are common attributes of being Māori and Auahi Kore.

They have been chosen from a range of Māori sports and activities that actively carry the Auahi Kore/Smokefree kaupapa.

  • Matariki Te Whetū o Te Tau
    Aotearoa Pacific New Year

This booklet was published in 2001 by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori to provide information and ideas about Matariki, and suggestions on how to identify and celebrate it in contemporary Aotearoa.

It is still available - as a download only.

Download PDF Download the Matariki booklet PDF

  • Māori astronomical names for stars and constellations



  • The Knowledge Basket, E Book,
    The Astronomical Knowledge of the Māori

  • Te Kete Ipurangi - the Online Learning Centre (English)
  • Te Kete Ipurangi - the Online Learning Centre (Māori)
  • http://www.hana.co.nz/summer_notes.pdf

  • Rapa Nui Journal
    'Does a constellation appear in rock art?'

  • A Teapot in Paradise
    Māori star names
  • Te Papa Tongarewa
    Museum of New Zealand

  • Matariki Wines

  • The Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand website has extensive information on sun rise and set times, the moon, satellites, eclipses, and meteors.
  • Auckland Observatory website has information on upcoming shows and events.
  • Information on planet rise and setting times, visibility of the planets, and sunrise and sunset times is available at the Land Information New Zealand website.

  • The Auckland Astronomical Society website provides information on what's in the sky each month and events.
  • The astronomy picture of the day site has amazing pictures of the Horsehead Nebula, emerging galaxies, an eruption on one of Jupiter's most volatile moons, and black holes.
  • See this website is linked from NASA (National Aeronatics and Space Administration) in the United States for information for teachers and students about space exploration and flight, online interactive projects, and online activities for students.
  • The Carter Observatory has courses available on Māori astronomy, special viewing events, and more.
  • Anglo-Australian Observatory

  • Visit the TKI Māori education community, the TKI science community, or the TKI social science education community to explore these ideas further.
  • Social Studies in the New Zealand Curriculum and Science in the New Zealand Curriculum are available on TKI.