star-studded Matariki broadcast
All Black Israel Dagg is teaming up with New Zealand astronomers for a live event celebrating a highlight of the Māori New Year
Canterbury local Israel Dagg will be up early to celebrate Matariki on Tuesday, and he wants all Kiwis to join him.
Matariki signifies the end of the year in the Māori lunar calendar, marked by the appearance of the Matariki star cluster in the skies over New Zealand. Falling on July 21 this year, Tourism New Zealand has enlisted the star power of Dagg, as well as astronomy academics, to hold a special live-stream event on the traditions and legends surrounding Matariki – as well as how to spot the New Year's constellation for yourself.
"Matariki is of significance to Aotearoa because it symbolises a new year and a new start," Dagg says. "It's an opportunity for family to spend time together and remember their whakapapa, or ancestors.