Matariki Waitohi Picton Festival
Lights, performers and feasting - the newest event on Marlborough's event calendar offers a festival spanning five weeks.
Check out the PROGRAMME for the full calendar.
Picton Smart and Connected volunteers are the energy behind the festival and organised two major events in 2018. These will return in 2020.
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What is Matariki?
Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades or Seven Sisters. For Māori, Matariki is the collective name for the star cluster as well as the name of a single star. The appearance of these stars in the sky low on the north-eastern horizon in winter signals the start of the Māori New Year and the season that follows. The rise of the cluster was used as a guide to crop planting times and also for navigation during ocean voyages.
In Greek myth it was believed they were the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione and the seven stars were referred to as the Pleiades. Māori include the parents in the group taking the number to nine.