Stories behind the cluster of stars
When looking to the sky in midwinter, Matariki is the cluster of stars that marks te Mātahi o te Tau/ the Māori New Year.
Celebrating it as an official public holiday is an acknowledgement of traditions that were on the brink of being lost forever.
It is also an opportunity to better understand what Matariki has meant to generations past and what it could mean for those to come.
Link to video: Matariki: Stories behind the cluster of stars (1news.co.nz)