Matariki, also know as Mata - Ariki (eyes of God) or Pleiades, is a time to celebrate new life, to remember those who have passed and to plan for the future. It’s a time to spend with whānau and friends – to enjoy kai (food), waiata (song), tākaro (games) and haka (dance). There are millions of stars within the constellation and nine visible stars which include:
Matariki, Tupuārangi, Waipuna-ā-Rangi, Waitī, Tupuānuku, Ururangi, Waitā, Pōhutukawa and Hiwa-i-te-Rangi. Each star holds a certain significance over our wellbeing and environment. To find out more please see: Te Iwi o Matariki
In celebration of Matariki and of our new composers, here is a playlist for your listening pleasure. You can also access this list on Spotify and YouTube.