Matariki celebrations

04 Jul 2017

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Twinkling in the winter sky, just before dawn, Matariki signals the Māori New Year. Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars, also known as the Pleiades. It rises in mid-winter and for many Māori, it heralds the start of a new year. Matariki literally means the ‘eyes of god’ (mata ariki) or ‘little eyes’ (mata riki). 

Here at ABC Albany we look at Matariki as a time that we gather together, celebrate our big family and share cultures. Leading up to our celebrations we asked the children what they would like to do to celebrate. There was talk around the stars and  making so many that we could cover the roof. We talked about gathering together for meal times and sharing our kai with our families to celebrate Matariki and Beststarts 21st birthday. 

We joined together to celebrate a cultural afternoon tea and special planting of our harakeke. We invited our families and children to join together in our special planting.  The children performed 3 Maori songs along with a korean and chinese song.