Matariki has been a big focus for us. It signals the Māori New Year. It is a time of renewal and celebration in New Zealand that begins with the rising of the Matariki star cluster.
When is Matariki?
Matariki is a star cluster which appears in the night sky during mid-winter. According to the Maramataka (the Māori lunar calendar), the reappearance of Matariki brings the old lunar year to a close and marks the beginning of the new year. Hence, Matariki is associated with the Māori New Year.
Our students engaged and learnt a range of Maori concepts to broaden their knowledge of Matariki. They investigated Maori Art, made kawakawa tea and fried bread sharing their knowledge with their peers and with younger members across the school.