Matariki is celebrated by gathering with whanau and they celebrate in early june or late may and it rises in mid winter. Matariki is the maori name for cluster of stars also known as the pleiades, matariki means the eyes of god (mata ariki) or little eyes (mata riki).
Every year during matariki people fly kites, sing songs, pray and have a feast with their whanau. The seven stars are sisters and the mother, there names are Te Uru O Te Rangi, Tupua a Rangi, Tupua a Nuku, Waiti, Waita, Waipuna a Rangi and Merope. You can only see the seven stars early in the morning, matariki is also to remember those who have died.