Image: The Pleiades (Messier 45) revisited by Fred Locklear on Flickr

We have selected these resources to support you when you need information relating to Matariki, the Māori celebration of New Year, the Seven Sisters, Pleiades, constellations, and Māori gardening.  SCIS 1525159

Astronomy New Zealand’s Star Charts

Has some interactive Māori star charts for all seasons showing where Matariki is, a catalogue of Māori star names as well as some information on Māori astronomy including Matariki.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


This site provides to thousands of pictures, video, sounds, and objects from New Zealand museums, libraries, galleries, archives, and private institutions. To discover sets and items use the search term Matariki Aotearoa New Year.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers use the search term Matariki.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Matariki (PDF)

This Māori Language Commission Matariki offers a downloadable booklet on Matariki.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Matariki for schools

The New Zealand History website has information, resources and activities for schools including on the topic of measuring time.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Te Ara - Matariki: Maori New Year

Once a year, twinkling in the winter sky just before dawn, Matariki (the Pleiades) signals the Māori New Year. This site explains the meaning and the importance of Matariki for Māori and all New Zealanders.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary.

Te Papa Matariki Resources

A comprehensive resource with links to information on months of the Māori calendar, poi, Māori gardening tools, Māor musical instruments, weaving, Māor potatoes, rongoa Māor, traditional food gathering and days in a moon month as well as Matariki lesson plans for years 5 and 6. Most of the information is in te reo Māori. More information on Matariki and activities can be found in this Te Papa blog post.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate


Have you thought about using books with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Matariki by Melanie Drewery, 2009 (picture book)
Scope and Scribe search for the seven stars of Matariki, Tommy Wilson, 2009 (junior fiction book)
The seven stars of Matariki, by Toni Rolleston-Cummins (picture book)


Seven Stars of Matariki. Wclchannel. Youtube. 6.31

The story of Mataariki. IWINOMINICS. Youtube. 7.24