Matariki (the Pleiades) can be seen just above the horizon between the months of May and June. This star cluster signifies the beginning of the Maori new year. Their presence represents a time of celebration and new beginnings - new life. They also remind us to remember past loved ones who departed for the spirit world since their last appearance.
Matariki provides an opportunity for people to come together to share knowledge, to care and support one another, and to think about sustainable ideas for the environment and cultural continuance.
(Excerpt from NIU - He Tangata Matauhi, Voices of our Ancestors)