The winter edition of Wellington City Council’s quarterly magazine, Our Wellington - Tō Tātou Pōneke, is being delivered to letterboxes in Wellington this week.
It will also be available at selected Council venues and facilities across the city.
It covers the period 16 June to 31 August.
The edition features stunning cover artwork by artist David Hakaraia, who depicts the moment Tāwhirimātea, the god of the winds, tore out his eyes in anger and scattered them into the heavens, creating the nine stars of Matariki.
Inside, there is a special star map showing how, when and where to best see the star cluster, plus features highlighting our Matariki ki Pōneke Festival events and performers.
There is also info on why we celebrate Matariki. According to the Maramataka (Māori calendar), the rising of the Matariki star cluster in the northeastern sky brings the old year to a close and heralds the new year. Some iwi also recognise this time with the rising of the star called Pūanga, which is in the Orion constellation.