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Matariki

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand, Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Richard Hall, New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatu Taonga

Matariki (Pleiades) and Puanga (Rigel) are shown in this image. The rising of Matariki for some tribes, and Puanga for others, represented the time to celebrate the harvest and also a time of plenty.  Accordingly, this was a time for leisure activities.

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