Matariki: The Maori New Year

The end of May to the beginning of June is when the stars of Matariki rise, and once a new moon rises, this signifies the start of the Maori new year.

Matariki is widely recognised as a time to celebrate our connection to the land, and to our ancestors and history, and is basically a great time to learn about all things Maori.

This coming week we hope to share several waiata (songs) and stories with the children that celebrate both te reo Maori (the language Maori) and te ao Maori (the world Maori).

Want to extend this learning at home, but not quite sure where to start? Here’s a waiata about Matariki with a backing track and lyrics provided. Even if you’re not a regular te reo speaker, your children will appreciate the music and language all the same!

Any parents out there that consider themselves reasonable te reo speakers?

Do you have any memories of learning Maori when you were at school?

How do you plan on celebrating Matariki? I can’t wait to get out in the garden and celebrate our connection with Papatuanuku (Mother Earth)!

He wiki pai! (Have a good week!)


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