Puaka and Matariki: The Māori New Year

Jim Williams

JPS, Vol 122, No 1 pg (7-20)


Recent years have seen the emergence of regular activities, each June in New Zealand, to coincide with what is usually referred to as “The Māori New Year”, generally known as “Matariki”. However, within my tribal area, as well as in a number of others, the term “Puaka” was used instead. The article examines these differing tribal traditions and proposes a possible explanation for the two schools of thought.

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