Thursday, 18 June 2015


This week we have been celebrating Matariki at school.   

Matariki is our Aotearoa Pacific New Year. It takes its name from the seven star constellation which reappears over the horizon in late May. In Western astronomy this constellation is called The Pleiades. 

As well as marking the start of a new year, Matariki also signals other new beginnings.

We read the book "Matariki" by Waitangi Teepa and found out how people celebrate Matariki.  We also watched a couple of the many clips on YouTube portraying the different stories about Matariki.
This one tells the story of the Seven Stars of Matariki...

This one tells the Māori legend of how the seven stars of Matariki came to be...
Traditionally, Matariki was the time to plant trees, prepare the land for planting crops and renew associations with whānau. The New Year is also a good time to reflect on your place in the world, to re-awaken old skills or try out new ones, and to set new goals.
Matariki is a time for making things.  This week we made a class korowāi with our buddies from A7.  A korowāi is a Māori cloak, woven with feathers.  We looked at different examples of traditional korowāi on the internet, and then made our own out of paper. 
We used pastels to make vivid patterns and blocks of colour on our feathers, then we carefully cut them out.  Then we assembled them so that they made a cloak. We are very proud of our korowāi.  It is displayed in our classroom.

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