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Learners, staff, whānau and community came together to celebrate Matariki with a succulent and satisfying lunchtime hangi at our Dunedin campus today.

Held at Poho, the feast marked the predawn rising of Matariki in the mid-winter sky, which signals the beginning of the Māori New Year.

“Ngā Mata o te Ariki Tāwhirimātea (The Eyes of the God Tāwhirimātea)" refers to a large cluster of stars, also known as the Pleiades. Some iwi recognise this time of year by the appearance of Puanga, also known as Rigel. There are also regions where the setting of Rehua, also known as Antares, is used to identify the change of seasons.



Published on 7 Jul 2021

Orderdate: 7 Jul 2021
Expiry: 30 Oct 2021