Matariki is the Māori name for a cluster of stars which is visible in our night sky at a specific time of the year. In New Zealand it comes into view low on the north-eastern horizon, appearing in the tail of the Milky Way in the last days of May or in early June, just before dawn. This heralds the Māori New Year.
It is a time to celebrate new life, to remember those who’ve passed and to plan for the future. And it’s a time to spend with whānau and friends – to enjoy kai (food), waiata (song), tākaro (games) and haka.
How many stars does Matariki have?
Matariki has nine visible stars, according to leading Māori astronomer, Dr Rangi Matamua, who’s been researching Matariki for over 30 years. As part of his research, Dr Matamua found that some of his own tūpuna were able to see nine stars.
The nine visible stars include: Matariki, Tupuārangi, Waipuna-ā-Rangi, Waitī, Tupuānuku, Ururangi, Waitā, Pōhutukawa and Hiwa-i-te-Rangi.
Each star holds a certain significance over our well-being and environment, as seen from the Māori view of the world.
Celebrate the Māori New Year with our Matariki candle. A beautiful blend of Kawakawa infused eco-cert pomegranate + peach fragrance oils with lemon, pink grapefruit and neroli essential oils, decorated with a stunning piece of Rose Quartz to represent the stars, embedded into the soy wax.
Available in medium size only.