Maramataka is used to guide the planting and harvesting of crops, and fishing and hunting. Maramataka translates as ‘moon rotating’.

For most tribes the lunar months began with the new moon, but for some with the full moon (Rākaunui). The start of each month was aligned to the morning rising of particular stars. The maramataka names are similar for most tribes, but the order may vary from tribe to tribe (Source: online Māori dictionary)


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