Monday, September 10, 2012
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Saturday, July 14, 2012
“Arohatia te Reo” is the theme for Māori Language Week (23-29 July) 2012. Arohatia te Reo means to cherish the language and this year it is intended to encourage all people to demonstrate their love and regard for the language.No matter who you are, where you come from, or what you do, the whole nation is encouraged to find a way to express how and in what ways they use, honour, speak and thereby show their love for the language.
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What is Matariki?Matariki is the Maori name for a group of seven stars known as the Pleiades star cluster. Some people think of Matariki as a mother star with six daughters, and it is often referred to as the Seven Sisters.
Matariki appears in the eastern sky sometime around the shortest day of the year, and is thought to determine how successful the harvest crop will be in the coming season. The brighter the stars, the more productive the crop will be.
What does Matariki mean?Matariki has two meanings, both of which refer to the cluster of stars. Mata Riki means Tiny Eyes, and Mata Ariki means Eyes of God.
When is Matariki celebrated?Matariki begins to rise in the last few days of May, and this symbolises the coming of the Maori New Year. Some iwi (tribes) start celebrations when Matariki is first seen, however it is the first new moon after Matariki that officially signals the Maori New Year. Some people celebrate the New Year on the day the new moon rises, and others celebrate on the day after the new moon. Celebrations can last up to 3 days.
The Matariki new moon happens sometime in June. In 2012, Matariki is on the 21st of June.
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