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Saturday 18 July 2020

New Zealand invites the world to give 2020 a second chance

New Zealand's indigenous people - the Māori - welcome the New Year on Tuesday. 

Matariki is a special occasion in the New Zealand calendar signified by the Matariki cluster of stars reappearing in the Kiwi night sky. 

According to the Maramataka (the Māori lunar calendar), the reappearance of Matariki in the night sky brings the old lunar year to a close and marks the beginning of the new year. 

This year, New Zealand is inviting the world for the first time to virtually to share this moment and "see in the New Year" together.

By joining a live streaming from one of New Zealand’s most famous stargazing locations - the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve - people from across New Zealand and the globe are invited to join together for a moment in time.

Under the stars, viewers will be taken on a journey, with host Israel Dagg, to understand the story, myths and legends of Matariki and the significance of this moment in the year.
The live stream will be happening on July 21 NZT at 05.30am. 

In Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, there will be more than 100 events celebrating the event. 

The capital city, Wellington will celebrates with spectacular light projections and live performances. And in the South Island, celebrations will include community hangis, workshops and performances.

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