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Matariki is the Māori name for the spectacular star cluster of stars known as M45 or The Pleiades in other parts of the world. There are more than 1000 stars in the star cluster the Pleiades!
Māori, like other Polynesians, measure time by the Moon and a day is counted from sunset to sunset. The Māori lunar calendar is called Maramataka.
The heliacal rising of the stars combined with the sighting of the Moon, marks the beginning of the Māori New Year.