MATARIKI – Our Maori New Year begins..

14 06 2009

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 25 June 2009.

As a link to Matariki – Kauri team and members of Puriri will participate with classes from the Kura, in a day of raranga (weaving), maurakau (stick games) and mahi maara (planting) at Hoani Waititi marae 26th June, 2009.

We will also listen to korero/talk/speeches about the Marae and What is Matariki.


Reminder: Permission slips and money to your teachers as soon as possible. There are limited seats which are fulling up fast.

E kitea a Matariki i te Rawhiti i te atapo.

Matariki is seen to rise before dawn.

Things to do during Matariki:

  • Write your Whakapapa or family tree to share with your classmates – You, your parents and their parents. See how far you can go.
  • try making some maori kai – Takakau(Maori bread), Kumara chowder or Roroi (pudding). See recipes below.
  • Create a kite from natural resources – raupo, harakeke(flax), toitoi etc..
  • Reflect on your year that has passed and set goals for your year ahead.
  • Learn about planting and fishing according to the Maramataka – Maori New Year.
  • Learn songs about Matariki
  • Have a shared meal

Fill the gaps for your Whakapapa:

My grandparents’ names on my dad’s side are…

Ko nga tipuna i te taha o taku papa.. Ko (…) raua ko (…) aku Tipuna.

My grandparents’ names on my mum’s side are…

Ko nga tipuna i te taha o taku mama.. Ko (..) raua ko (..) aku Tipuna.

My parents’ names are…

Ko (..) raua Ko (..) aku maatua.

My brothers’/brothers’ names are…

Ko (..) taku tungane (for girls) Ko (..) taku tuakana (for older brothers) teina (younger brothers)

My sisters’/sisters’ names are..

Ko (..) taku tuahine (for boys) Ko (..) taku tuakana (for older sisters) teina (younger sisters)

My name is…

Ko (..) taku ingoa.

I come from…

No ______________ ahau.


Kumara Chowder

You could store this chowder in a thermos flask to keep it hot. Alternatively, reheat over the stove/ open fire in a heavy pot with a lid while the Takakau is cooking.

6-8 large Kumara


2 large onions(sliced)

1 1/2 litres of milk

1 medium-sized tin of cream sweetcorn

1 small bottle of whipped cream or sour cream

chopped parsley

salt & pepper

1. Wash the kumara and cut into small cubes.

2. Boil until you can easily push a fork into them.

3. Place butter in a pan and fry the onions.

4. Drain the kumara and mash with the milk and a heaped tablespoon of butter.

5. Add the onions and sweetcorn and slowly bring to the boil. The chowder should be thick.

6. Add salt & pepper to taste.

7. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or sour cream on top and a sprinke of parsley.

He reka te kai!



Takakau is bread that has no yeast in it. You could cook this on a small fire/ or in a stove. You will need a flat iron plate such as a BBQ, or cast iron frying pan to cook your bread.

5 cups of flour

5 tsp baking powder

1 litre of milk

1. Mix all the ingredients and knead very gently.

2. Roll into a flat circle.

3. Cut a cross into the surface.

4. Place on the hot, floured tray in the oven at 200C, or place on your iron plate over the fire. If you choose to cook over the fire, placea tinfoil over the Takakau as it cooks.

5. When cooked and still hot, butter and spread the bread with jam, honey or golden syrup.

Look out for things happening each weekend around Auckland.





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