Matariki - 'Work of the Gods'
The Matariki new moon happens sometime in June. Matariki begins on 15 June in 2018. In 2019, Matariki will begin on 10 June.
Why is Matatriki important? Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in mid-winter and for many Māori, it heralds the start of a new year. Matariki means the 'eyes of god' (mata ariki) or 'little eyes' (mata riki).
Work of the Gods by Kay Leather and Richard Hall. Work of the Gods is a comprehensive analysis of the astronomical knowledge of the Māori and the ways it was used from the point of view of elders of the nineteenth century. The authors take us in the realm of Te Kore, to the origin of all matter.