“In my understanding from korero tuku iho [oral tradition] is that was known to be a prosperous time, which for me means it’s an appropriate time to, not only acknowledge our loved ones, but also celebrate,” Ms Campbell said.
Experts from the advisory group have aligned that system of time to a Gregorian calendar and chose the closest Friday to mark the celebration nationally, according to advisory group Chair Professor Rangianeuhu Matamua.
Matariki public holiday a “huge accomplishment”
“We’re starting to claim back what was rightfully taken from us,” she said.
We’re starting to claim back what was rightfully taken from us
“We heal in a collective way,” Ms Beattie said, “So it’s very important that my children get to see it and how we work as a collective”.
A group gather before dawn at Strzelecki Lookout in Newcastle, Australia, to celebrate Matariki, the Maori New Year.
Raianna Poutapu, from the Tanui tribe, also joined in dawn celebrations for Matariki in Newcastle, north of Sydney, and said she was so grateful for the broader recognition of the sacred celebration.
“We have many more treasures to unfold and hold in high esteem.”
‘We take another meaningful step forward
“A journey that does not begin or end here, but allows us the opportunity to learn and to grow”.
“From today onwards we can annually embed into our calendars a national holiday that is unique to Aotearoa and is inclusive of all of our people.”
Fears of commercialisation
Maori community in Newcastle write messages to their deceased loved ones on eco-friendly balloons which are released into the sky as part of Makariti celebrations.
The Matariki Advisory Committee also outlined their concerns in the 2021 Values for Matariki Celebrations report.
Choosing appropriate celebrations was key to avoiding commercialisation, the report added, including rejecting fireworks, which are environmentally damaging and clash with core Maori values.