Celebrating Matariki with our Whanau

Celebrating Matariki with our Whanau

It has been a long time since we have had the opportunity to gather our families together and celebrate with each other. So, it was lovely that our first celebration back together was Matariki. 

We gathered together as a community and celebrated Matariki with a hangi our kaiako had prepared, and our friends and whanau also brought a plate of food which represented their culture.

We filled the room with fairy lights and the lanterns our tamariki had created. When you stepped into our centre, it was like stepping into the stars. We had Matariki learning activities set up throughout the centre that parents and their children could do together. 

Our tamariki have been learning about Matariki and its cultural significance this month, and we were so pleased to be able to share what our tamariki have learned. We created Matariki displays of our tamariki's art, and we have been sharing the myths and legends story of the Seven Sisters. 

We practised the Matariki waiata (to the tune of the Macarena song) all month for our whanau, and we were so proud of tamariki as they stood up in front of everyone and performed. It was wonderful coming together as a community to celebrate Matariki after such a long time, which is such an important part of our centre's philosophy.

Ka mate kainga tahi, ka ora kainga rua.
A person who stands alone perishes, one who stands beside their people endures.