Waitangi National Trust - Matariki Fesitval Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises just once a year, this year on the 28th June and signals the start of the Māori New Year. Matariki Festival will be held at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds from the 28th June till the 6th July. - See more at: http://www.waitangi.org.nz/events/

Waitangi National Trust - Matariki Fesitval Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises just once a year, this year on the 28th June and signals the start of the Māori New Year. Matariki Festival will be held at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds from the 28th June till the 6th July. - See more at: http://www.waitangi.org.nz/events/

Recently I was in Taranaki and drove through Patea, famous for the Patea Maori Club and their 1984 NZ Number one hit “Poi e”.  An excellent background to the song by Ngoi Pewhairangi an…

Poi e! (A poi making tutorial)

Recently I was in Taranaki and drove through Patea, famous for the Patea Maori Club and their 1984 NZ Number one hit “Poi e”. An excellent background to the song by Ngoi Pewhairangi an…

Did you know that the Matariki constellation is called ‘Subaru’ in Japan? Or that although we can normally only see 6-7 stars with the naked eye, there are actually over 400 included in the Matariki cluster? This 56 page mini booklet pack is designed to support your classroom discussions and learning about Matariki.  *Also included in this resource is a large wall display banner and a set of word wall cards.

Matariki {Let's celebrate Māori New Year!}

Did you know that the Matariki constellation is called ‘Subaru’ in Japan? Or that although we can normally only see 6-7 stars with the naked eye, there are actually over 400 included in the Matariki cluster? This 56 page mini booklet pack is designed to support your classroom discussions and learning about Matariki. *Also included in this resource is a large wall display banner and a set of word wall cards.

Looking for an easy to use Matariki resource? Looking for a range of easy to use Matariki activities for New Zealand primary students? Have a look here:3 Reading comprehensions Suitable for independent reading for Gold readers plus or suitable for shared reading.Songs Twinkle, twinkle little star in Maori and nga Whetu o Matariki , a song about the names of the Maori stars.

Matariki activities, reading, printables

Looking for an easy to use Matariki resource? Looking for a range of easy to use Matariki activities for New Zealand primary students? Have a look here:3 Reading comprehensions Suitable for independent reading for Gold readers plus or suitable for shared reading.Songs Twinkle, twinkle little star in Maori and nga Whetu o Matariki , a song about the names of the Maori stars.


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To celebrate Matariki we made a korowai. All of our toddlers made a collage feather and the teachers made one too,  then we put them all together to make our cloak. This korowai is representative of all the children in our room. It was the central part of our wall display on Matariki this year.

To celebrate Matariki we made a korowai. All of our toddlers made a collage feather and the teachers made one too, then we put them all together to make our cloak. This korowai is representative of all the children in our room. It was the central part of our wall display on Matariki this year.

During the coldest time each year the Matariki star cluster comes rising up for the first time in the eastern sky. This occurrence marks the beginning of an important time of year – the Māori New Year.  In this series of blogs, Te Papa Education hopes to introduce you to each of the seven members of this star whānau, from the …

During the coldest time each year the Matariki star cluster comes rising up for the first time in the eastern sky. This occurrence marks the beginning of an important time of year – the Māori New Year. In this series of blogs, Te Papa Education hopes to introduce you to each of the seven members of this star whānau, from the …

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