Matariki stars should be shining on Friday





Niwa meteorologists say people living in the lower North Island and eastern South Island are likely to get the best views of the Matariki star cluster during the upcoming weekend. The early morning midwinter appearance of Matariki, also known as Pleiades, heralds the start of the Mā ori New Year. Cloud cover allowing, Matariki comes into view shortly before sunrise as a small pulsating collection of stars just above the northeastern horizon. Forecaster Nava Fedaeff says conditions vary around Aotearoa New Zealand. "The best viewing looks to be in the lower North Island and eastern South Island, especially on Friday and Saturday mornings.” The Takapau community is inviting people to join them on Friday morning, June 24 to celebrate Matariki Ki Takapau 2022 - to remember the past, departed loved ones and to celebrate the Mā ori New Year and the future. The day will begin with dawn karakia at 6am, at the Takapau RSA and Scouts Hall, followed by Matariki breakfast. From 9am-noon there will be market stalls with a community swap table for veggies, fruit and seeds, there will be games, face painting, and food. All welcome. For more information go to Matariki Ki Takapau on Facebook.