Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades.
It rises in mid-winter – late May or early June.
For many Māori, it heralds the start of a new year.
Matariki literally means the 'eyes of god' (mata ariki) or 'little eyes' (mata riki).
Some say that when Ranginui, the sky father, and Papatūānuku,
the earth mother were separated by their offspring, the god of the winds,
Tāwhirimātea, became angry, tearing out his eyes and hurling them into the heavens.