Sunday, August 2, 2015


Matariki is the Māori name for the group of stars also known as the Pleiades star cluster or the seven sisters; and what is referred to as the Māori New Year. Matariki has two meanings, both referring to a tiny constellation of stars: Mata Riki (Tiny eyes) and Mata Ariki (Eyes of God).Traditionally, depending on the visibility of Matariki, the coming season's crop was thought to be determined. The brighter the stars indicated the warmer the season would be and thus a more productive crop. It was also seen as an important time for family to gather and reflect on the past and the future.Today Matariki means celebrating the unique place in which we live and giving respect to the land we live on. Matariki is celebrated with education, remembrance and planting of new trees and crops signalling new beginnings. Matariki is seen as a perfect time to learn about the land we live on and remember whakapapa (ancestry) who have passed from this world to the next and the legacy they have left behind. Our Matariki celebrations involved creating gifts, harvesting our produce, sharing food, learning about other cultures, learning new stories, planting new trees and seedlings and creating new gardens, while also celebrating te reo Māori.

The children discuss what to do with the harvested pumpkins at our morning hui.

The beautiful pumpkin soup was enjoyed with the Foccacia bread that Amy made with the children by the hard workers at the working bee.
The children enjoy the soup and Foccacia bread.

Cameron helps prepare the new garden bed at the working bee.

Paige shows the children her Tongan dance.
Stephane and Paige answer questions.
Eva shares with the children about her Samoan culture.

Lola grinds up pumice to make gardeners soap.

Cole writes on his gift of gardeners soap for mum.

Natalie rolls the dough out for the fry bread.

The children prepare the vegetables for our boil up.

Mixed feelings about the taste of the boil up, however all the children enjoyed the fried bread.

Jayde learns about the seven stars of Matariki.
Jono creates a Matariki star.

Cody helps create the vine ball.

Taking care of the gardens
Cole searches for peas.

Macy plants the peas.
Alex washes the eggs she has collected.

Harry adds his contribution to the children's representation of Papatuanuku costume.
Bo creates a flower for the costume.
Paige models the costume.
Jono learns about the seven fishes story.

Nikki and Macy enjoy the small world with the Matariki stars.
   We ended our Matariki journey as we celebrated te wiki o te reo Māori, yet really the journey continues as we continue to learn more.


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