What is Matariki in a physical sense?
Matariki is the 7 stars that appears on Maori new Year.
What is the special sight you may witness towards the end of May?
The seven stars of Matariki sink below the horizon and disappears from New Zealand’s night sky.
What are people looking out for to know that the new year is beginning?
Seeing Matariki at dawn and the new moon at night.
Tell me three things you know about Matariki?
1. They are sisters.
2. 10 years ago some New Zealanders knew very little about matariki.
3. Matariki is made up of several hundred stars, but seven only seven can be seen with the naked eye.
What are the tales about the stars and the representation of them for the year to come?
If the stars of Matariki are faint, hazy, and hard to see separately, then a cold lean season will follow. If the stars are bright enough to see clearly the season will be warm, and crops will flourish.
Maori used to ‘preserve birds hinu’. What does the word ‘preserved’ mean?
It means that something in its original or existing state.
Can you give me an example of how people often preserve various items to date?
They will kill some native rats and serve it with some fish.
Matariki is the time for what? (refer to the text)
Learning about nature and for planning activities that will nurture and protect our environment.
Tell me about a Matariki legend?
Matariki is sometimes called the seven stars, and Orion is one of the most easily recognised constellations in New Zealand's night sky.