The Maori New Year will be marked the rising of the star cluster called Matariki or Pleiades around the middle of June.

Matariki will rise in front of the Sun as though the Sun is forcing Matariki above Heaven to show the Maori people the environment is changing for their wellbeing.

Te Wharekura o Ruatoki has already celebrated Matariki learning about food crops which grow during in cold ground conditions. Teacher Mahora Heremia said the children are learning aspects of Matariki during different karakia/chants which they recite in the  afternoon during school hours.

Kei te taka mai te wa o te tauhou Maori ma te rewa ake o te kahui whetu o Matariki hei waenganui o te marama o Pipiri. Ka pupu ake a Matariki i te pae rangi kei muri tata i a ia ko Tama-nui-te-ra ano nei e angia ana e ia a Matariki ki runga i a Ranginui hei tohu ki te iwi Maori e taka mai ana nga ahuatanga o te taiao hei whakaoratanga mona. Otira kua timata Te Wharekura o Ruatoki tana ake whakanuitanga o Matariki ara hoki te wa e ki nei ko te huamata, era hua whenua ka tipu i roto i te one makariri. Ki nga korero a tetahi kaiako a Mahora Heremia kei te akoako nga tamariki i te ahuatanga o Matariki ma roto i te momo karakia kei te takitaki i a ratau ia rua haora o te ahiahi kura.