Where can I find information about Matariki?

Image: Matariki by Ben Gracewood on Flickr.

Entry last updated: 11/03/19


Matariki is the Māori name for the star cluster also know as the Pleiades or Seven Sisters in other cultures. The rise of Matariki in mid-winter marks the start of the new year for most iwi in traditional Māori culture. Matariki is now celebrated in a variety of ways around Aotearoa New Zealand.


Although the star cluster is recognised and celebrated in other cultures, the stories and traditions about Matariki are unique to New Zealand. This means the best place to look for information is New Zealand websites.

Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Te Ara is a great starting point for all questions about New Zealand Aotearoa. Just enter the keyword 'Matariki' in the search box to find information.

  • There is a whole story about Matariki called Matariki: Māori New Year.
  • Clicking on this will take you to the Story summary, so remember to try other links under Contents to find more information.
  • If you look under All images and media you will find some pictures and videos about Matariki.
Tips: We can tell from its website address that this site is a government site because it has .govt in the address, so we can be confident the information is well-researched and reliable.

Te Papa Tongarewa - Museum of New Zealand

New Zealand’s national museum also has some good information on Matariki.

  • If you click on the Learn tab at the top of the page, you will see a special topic listed – Matariki, Māori New Year.
  • You could also just enter 'Matariki' in the search box to find links to information on this website.
Tips: Many web pages have links to further information or to other recommended sites. Following these links is a great way to find out more.

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori - Māori Language Commission

This is another government website that is all about helping more people use te reo Māori - the Māori language.

  • Search for 'Matariki' to find this great booklet with lots of information: Matariki booklet.
  • The booklet has been written in English and te reo Māori.
Tips: Search words, or keywords, are the most important words in our question. Usually it’s better to leave out small words like ‘the’, ‘a’ and ‘of’ and just choose the main ones, eg Matariki. We can always change our keywords or add more if we need to.

Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre

This is one of the EPIC resources. EPIC is a collection of reliable databases covering lots of different topics. You will need a password from your school or local library to access it.

Try using keywords like 'Matariki' or 'Pleiades' and to find lots of newspaper and magazine articles.

Tips: To get to the EPIC resources you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or you can chat with one of our AnyQuestions librarians between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday and they will help you online. Some EPIC databases may also be available through your public library.

Matariki events - Eventfinda

Many Matariki celebrations take place at home when friends and family gather to share kai (food). For more public events, check out these Matariki events listed on the Eventfinda website.


Your local or school library may also have some books about Matariki.

Tips: When searching library catalogues books which are best for research are called 'non-fiction'. These are fact or information books rather than stories.

A good information book about Matariki is:

There are also a number of fiction or story books about Matariki such as:

You can search your library's catalogue for these books or just search for Matariki in general.

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