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Ring in a New Year in July With This Astral Livestreaming Event

Celebrate Maori New Year with a stargazing livestream over Lake Tekapo. By Bek Van Vliet Owen

By Bek Van Vliet Owen

Jul 17, 2020

WE LOVE A NEW-YEAR CELEBRATION, and this coming Tuesday (July 21) we turn our eyes to the skies (and our screens) for Matariki, Maori New Year. At 5.30 a.m. New Zealand time, former All Blacks rugby player Israel Dagg will host a special stargazing livestream from Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve at Lake Tekapo, sharing the myths and legends associated with the event.  Meanwhile, overhead the Matariki cluster of stars will come into view just above Orion’s Belt (also known as The Saucepan), signifying the arrival of a new year. 

Join the livestream on the official New Zealand Tourism Facebook page: fb.com/purenewzealand. New Zealand is at least four hours ahead Asia, so don’t forget to adjust for your local time.

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