Matariki is the Maaori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in late May or early June in the Eastern sky. For many Maaori, it signals the start of a new year.
Matariki, in te reo, means the ‘eyes of god’ (mata ariki) or ‘little eyes’ (mata riki).
In ancient times, this was the end of harvest and was a time of plenty for Maaori, a time of sharing and celebration.
For many, Matariki is seen as a good time to reflect on personal goals: Where am I? Where do I want to be? What’s it going to take for me to get there?