Rereata Makiha is a member of the Maori Astronomy Society and shared his knowledge on the Maori New Year.

In his korero he acknowledges that while Matariki is the Maori New Year, it is also for their people of Te Tai Tokerau and Puanga who leads in the Maori New Year for them.

He believes the reason for this is simple: the rising of Matariki is too late for them as they cannot see in the sky. But Puanga is clearly visible and they celebrated their Maori New Year last Saturday 10 June 2017 with a karakia: no song and dance or great feast.

There are others who do celebrate with their Maori New Year with gusto.

Listen Rereata Makiha as he explains: