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.