Matariki : Māori New Year

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Matariki is a celebration of people,culture, language, spirituality and history. Matariki is marked when the constellation Pleiades appears in the night sky.

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We're Seeing Stars: Our Constellation Pumpkin

Happy Halloween guys! This day always holds special meaning for Tim and I since it's actually our anniversary — this year makes 8 years! Today we wanted to share the 2nd of the two pumpkin carving projects we took on this season. We only carved one jack-o-lantern this year since we used our other 2 in our pumpkin planter project. Since we just had the one, we wanted to do something with special meaning that we could showcase among the others when all lit up. Tim came up with the idea to do a…

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I love having a positive and celebratory learning focus - especially in the middle of winter! Matariki has links to so many areas of the curriculum and key competencies - science, art, myths and legends, gardening, healthy eating, goal setting and reflection to name just a few. I'm sure that most primary teachers will agree that the best way into most topics and inquiry is through a great book - so I've compiled a little list of my favourites! Most of these books come complete with several…


Matariki Fact Recall

We have been learning about Matariki and the constellation. Matariki is a small cluster of stars and it is also known as Plieades. There are several hundred stars but only seven of them can be seen. Matariki is a traditional Maori New Year. Matariki is celebrated with education and sharing ideas. Matariki is a time for remembering people you've lost.

Matariki is the name of the Pleiades star cluster and the season of its first rising in late May or early June, which is taken as the beginning of the Maori new year.  Traditionally, it was a time for remembering the dead, and celebrating new life. In the 21st century, observing Matariki has become popular again. Heaven-bound kites, hot-air balloons and fireworks help mark the occasion.

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