This year, Matariki has a set date for
24 June 2022
From 2022, Matariki will be a public holiday as agreed by the Matariki Advisory Committee.
“The Government has committed to ensuring mātauranga Maori is at the heart of celebrations of the Matariki public holiday, and it will be a time for:
- Remembrance – Honouring those we have lost since the last rising of Matariki
- Celebrating the present – Gathering together to give thanks for what we have
- Looking to the future – Looking forward to the promise of a new year”
Matariki as public holiday is significant, being the first public holiday that recognises Te Ao Māori.
Did you know?
The Pleiades disappear from the night sky approximately mid April and reappear just after mid June.