Hui Whanau mo Pipiri (June), 2009.

30 05 2009


Nau mai, haere mai, piki mai.

Tena koutou katoa. Nga mihi ki a koutou katoa.

Welcome to all our whanau parents and caregivers,

once again it is time to meet and discuss where we want to see ourselves by the end of the year. Also a huge welcome to our new whanau who have joined us this year.

It’s an exciting time of the year as we move into our ‘Maori New Year – Matariki’. Let’s get together and think of what we can do for our children/tamariki to further enhance their learning and love for Te Reo Maori.

Bring ideas, thoughts and examples to our Hui whanau on Wednesday 10 of June, 2009 at 5.30 in the staffroom.

Come along for a cuppa and a catch up. See you there!

What is Matariki?
Matariki is the Maori name for the group of stars also known as the Pleiades star cluster or The Seven Sisters;  and what is referred to as the traditional Maori New

When is the Maori New Year?
The Maori new year is marked by the rise of Matariki and the sighting of the next new moon. The pre-dawn rise of Matariki can be seen in the last few days of May every year and the new year is marked at the sighting of the next new moon which occurs during June. This next occurs on 5 June 2008.

What does Matariki mean?
Matariki has two meanings, both referring to a tiny constellation of stars; Mata Riki (Tiny Eyes) and Mata Ariki (Eyes of God).

Matariki and Arts
The sky was used by Maori for many reasons throughout history. Reading from the vast volumes of stars was a way of preserving history, knowledge, culture and maintaining ancient practices. The time of Matariki was a celebration in all customs and beliefs, so arts in its many
forms were very important to this period. With the coming together of family and friends it was a time to share with each other skills, achievements and history through story telling, song and dance, carving and weaving, ancient ceremonies and passing on of knowledge and history. Matariki is a special time of year to celebrate being Maori, its customs and art forms and to show how unique the Maori culture is.

Arts activities associated with Matariki…

  • Special play performances

  • Street performances

  • Exhibitions of Maori crafts

  • Classes showing how to weave, carve etc

  • Television shows on Matariki history

  • Musical performances

Matariki and Celestial Navigators / Astronomers
The night sky contains a massive number of stars which were used by Maori as a way to calculate time and seasons, navigate oceans, preserve knowledge and stories, maintain customary practices and inspire action and achievement. Matariki is an especially important cluster of stars to Maori, it is a signal for seasonal celebration and a key navigational beacon for ocean voyages.

The time of Matariki brings together family to share and learn the stories and knowledge that the stars hold. There are many legends that are associated with Matariki and not only in New Zealand but the Pacific and worldwide.

Matariki is a time to understand the history and the importance of the stars for Maori, not only in past but in everyday life

Celestial Navigators / Astronomers activities associated with Matariki…

  • Astronomy nights

  • Waka ceremonies at night during Matariki

  • Astronomy information packs and activities

  • Story telling nights based on legends of stars

  • Dawn sighting event when Matariki appears

  • Seminars of sailing by the stars

  • Seminars on Matariki’s importance worldwide

Matariki and Conservation
For Maori the land that they live on is one of the most important aspects of life.  Preserving their way of life depended on the treatment of the land and all things living on it, this outlook was paramount to their
and was reflected and filtered through to many other aspects of Maori culture.

The Matariki star constellation was used to dictate how the coming year would be in regard to the size of the harvest, so it was very important for Maori to prepare the land as best they could in order to enable the coming year to be successful. It was a time for everyone to learn about the trees, crops and environment that was  around them. Therefore the land, its conservation and care is at the forefront of the Matariki celebrations.

Conservation activities associated with Matariki…

  • Organize conservation days

  • Cleanups of beaches and local parks

  • Promotion of New Zealand bush walks

  • Recycling awareness

  • Teaching about native New Zealand forests in schools

  • Public talks on conservation

Matariki and Food and Hospitality
The Matariki star constellation marked a time for starting all things new, this was a particularly important period for new crops to be planted and the preserving of old crops to be finished. When Matariki was sighted ceremonial offerings of food were planted for the gods Uenuku and Whiro to ensure a good harvest for the coming year. Even the stars themselves were looked upon for guidance as to how successful the coming season would be; the brighter the star constellation the warmer the year was destined and the better the harvest was thought to be.

The timing of Matariki fell at the end of a harvest and food stores were full. Meat, fruits, herbs and vegetables had been gathered and preserved and the migration of certain fish ensured a great period of feasts. Matariki was seen as a time to share with each other, for family and friends to come together and share in the gifts that the land and sea had provided for them.

Food and Hospitality activities associated with Matariki…

  • Certain meals made of traditional foods (month of Matariki)

  • Matariki dinner celebrating the event

  • Information added to menus promoting Matariki

  • Hangi nights during Matariki

  • Signs during Matariki at supermarkets promoting healthy food

He Whakatauki:   Haere atu rā e koro ki te paepae o Matariki, o Rehua. Haere atu ra.

Farewell old man, go to the threshold of Matariki, of Rehua. Farewell.

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Design your own Matariki Poster…

You must include:

  • Matariki – Maori New Year 2009.
  • The whakatauki:

Haere atu rā e koro ki te paepae o Matariki, o Rehua. Haere atu ra.

Farewell old man, go to the threshold of Matariki, of Rehua. Farewell.

  • A picture that reflects what happens during Matariki.

Happy planning.

Naku Noa,

Mrs Karaka




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