Matariki - a time for new beginnings

Matariki is our Aotearoa New Year. It's a time to reflect on the year past and look forward to new goals and journeys ahead. 

In 2019, the Matariki period runs from 25 June until 3 July. 

It takes its name from the seven star constellation which appears over the horizon in late May. In Western astronomy this constellation is called The Pleiades (or Subaru in Japan).

Traditionally, Matariki was the time to plant trees, prepare the land for planting crops and renew associations with whānau. The New Year is also a good time to reflect on your place in the world, to re-awaken old skills or try out new ones, and to set new goals.

What are some new beginnings you'd like to introduce into your life? Here are some ideas:

  • Get fit. Look at your diet and exercise and see if there are any improvements to be made. If you smoke - give it up - here's some info about how.
  • Get your finances in order. Now's a good time to set yourself a realistic budget and stick to it. Don't forget to allow for unexpected expenses. Check out our Money matters post  for more great money tips and advice.
  • Examine your relationships with your family. Do you spend quality time with your loved ones? Is there a relative you haven't kept in touch with? It's a good time to make the first move.
  • Start or update your family history. Whakapapa is our history, who we are. Matariki is a great time to learn about the deeds and actions of our ancestors and how they have shaped who we are today.
  • Learn a new skill or revive an old one. Brush up on your Māori language. Perhaps you could dust off the old guitar or piano. Enrol in a course you've always wanted to do or find a tutorial on YouTube - learn something you can pass on to others.
  • Declutter - send that unwanted stuff off to an op shop or pass it on to someone who needs it to give your whare a new lease on life.

If you want to find out more about Matariki, Te Papa's website is a good source of information. Check it out!

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Published: 06 May 2019