Matariki signals the Māori New Year. It is a time of renewal and cues the rising of the Matariki star cluster (the Pleiades or Eight Sisters). Matariki is the star that signifies reflection, hope, our connection to the environment, and the gathering of people.
2022 is the first time that Matariki has been recognised as a public holiday in New Zealand, so it's expected to be bigger and 'brighter' than ever this year. Find out the Matariki long weekend trading hours here
It is a time of renewal and celebration in New Zealand that begins with the rising of the Matariki star cluster. According to the Maramataka (the Māori lunar calendar), the reappearance of Matariki brings the old lunar year to a close and marks the beginning of the new year. Hence, Matariki is associated with the Māori New Year.
Matariki is a time to gather with family and friends to reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and plan for the future.
If you're looking to host Matariki at your home, look no further! We have you covered for all of your host and homeware needs >
Bring the whānau together and find some recipe inspiration for family entertaining >