Maramataka | Calendar
The Maramataka is the traditional Māori calendar. The Maramataka is launched generally around the time of Matariki. Matariki starts when the first new moon can be seen following the pre-dawn rise of Matariki. Traditionally, Matariki was both a time to commemorate those who had passed on, and celebrate a time of plenty when stores were abundant from horticulture, hunting and fishing. The most important function of the Māori lunar calendar was to regulate planting and harvesting, fishing and hunting.
This year's Maramataka has a focus on Rongoā Māori, the traditional Māori healing system passed down through many generations, and has been prepared by the Rongoā Collective of the A.R.T. Confederation. Copies are available for purchase at Kāpiti Coast District Council service centres for $15 each.