The new Māori calendar year begins on the first full moon after Matariki becomes visible on the eastern horizon. Matariki is a time to prepare the land for planting in the spring. Matariki also has great significance for ocean voyagers as a navigation beacon.From early June, before sunrise, look to the north-east horizon. Look for a faint sparkle of tiny dots, about the same width as Tautoru is long… This is the Matariki star cluster.
Tohunga kōkōrangi (expert astronomers) used stars and star clusters such as Matariki to help them navigate great distances across the Pacific. Today, there is a revival of these traditional navigation skills.
This Matariki we focus on the symbol of the seven sister star cluster intermingled with themes of the sea. Rolling waves and waka tell the story of navigators guided by stars. Delightful wave bowls and vases are hand carved by Borrowed Earth for this special time of the year. As well as beautiful wahine treasure bowls suspended inside starry skyscapes, the seven sisters of Matariki. A very sweet interpretation of the seven sisters sparkling in the night appears on our indigo merino mittens and scarves. Jeweller Martyn Milligan creates a one of a kind necklace and the Te Huia collective have produced some heart warming throws and cushions; whare, land & sea stitched together under the stars.