Me pēhea te whakanui i a Matariki i te kāinga me ngā whānau tupu ngātahi.
Matariki - Celebrate the constellation
Twinkling in the sky just before dawn, Matariki (the Pleiades) signals the Māori New Year.
Fairy lights around the Centre.
Space and constellations learning especially around Pleiades – Matariki constellation.
Large box, painted black inside with holes poked in the top to mimic stars, , creating a star grotto in a dark space.
Black Matariki Playdough or Black Slime, uku with stars and glitter in it
DIY Lantern or torch making from old plastic bottles or jars
Make a waka and korero about the great voyages using the stars as a guide
Rocket ships from old small plastic bottles and orange cellophane flames
Make a solar system from papier mache balloons of different sizes
Whānaungatanga - Celebrate the sense of family connection
Traditionally, Matariki is a time to share kai from the pātaka – the storehouse, harvested from past seasons. It’s too cold for planting instead use this opportunity for cultivation, prepare ngā hua whenua –vege gardens or prepare your centre.
Enjoy a mid-winter feast with whānau
Centre whānau day, night, or week
Gifting to our tamariki – A photo of themselves, a learning story
Tamariki gift something to others – Their old books, toys, clothes to charity
Tamariki make a gift for friends and whānau – Clay handprints
Celebrate you living walls – Photo wall, Pepeha wall, Whānau wall
Marae visit/ noho
Visit another Centre – Learn how the centre was named
It’s a great time to relax, eat, and enjoy good company.
Maumahara - Celebrate remembrance
Matariki is a time for remembrance. Remembering our life members and past alumni members. Upon moments of reflection, you may light a candle to remember loved ones who have passed away, or to farewell unwanted memories.
Light a candle (battery operated tealight).
Revisit Centre stories or read profile books to tamariki
Pūrākau – Story telling from life members and elders
Inviting current, alumni members, grandparents etc to a special session
Tamariki bring in an old photo or special toy from home for your Child to share with fellow members
Make a 3D model of your Centres Maunga, Awa, or even your Centre from card and sellotape
Talk about local Māori history
Myths and Legends
Te Tau Hou - Celebrate the new year
What do you want to achieve? What do you want to see? Record thoughts like these and return to them later – how did you do?
Write down your ngā matana, hopes, dreams, and aspirations for the year ahead
Prepare the garden by turning soil over for the year ahead – What will you plant?
Plant something – An idea, a seed, herbs in a yoghurt container to take home
Pulling out your Māori resources and bringing them to the forefront during Matariki
Updating displays like your living resources with the pikitia of new members i.e Pepeha or whānau wall
Learn about the Māori gods like Haumia tiketike and Rongonui
Tamariki paint rocks to start a rock garden
Revitalise you poi and tī rakau resources for the year ahead
Start a group activity that tamariki add to every session, i.e Paper mache moon, leaves for the whānau tree
Te Taiao - Celebrate the outdoors
Look up at the stars can you see Matariki? Explore astronomy or become a kaitiaki – guardian by showing environmental awareness. Go for a walk in your community and get to know its streams, rivers, and trees. Listen to the birds out in the taiao.
Recycling in Centre, watch it be collected or take to refuse
Composting – Environmental awareness, set up a worm farm
Repurposing – What could this become?
Clean up the community -a beach or road walk to pick up rubbish
Sand, mud, and water play
Talk about Papatūānuku
Learn about local flora and fauna with a bushwalk
Mātauranga - Celebrate learning
Traditionally, Māori were keen observers of the night sky, determining from the stars the time and seasons, and using them to navigate the oceans. Matariki is about having fun with your loved ones by sharing ngā pūrākau – stories with your whānau. Perhaps you could learn to play a new kemu – game.
Stories and Games from home
Hire a Weaving Tutor or Kapahaka tutor to come in on session
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