Thursday, 23 June 2016


On Monday we enjoyed a performance by the Court Theatre called "Matariki" to celebrate and learn about the Maori New Year. 

Matariki is the Māori name for the tiny constellation of seven stars which comes into view in New Zealand in the last days of May or in early June, just before dawn. Matariki is celebrated in many different ways by different tribes and is
often retold through songs and tales. It can be celebrated 
with education, remembrance and the planting of new trees 
and crops signalling new beginnings. Matariki was the 
optimum time for new harvests, and ceremonial offerings to 
the land-based gods Rongo, Uenuku and Whiro to ensure good crops for the coming year.

Check out these fabulous stars we created using string and wool.  

"I learnt that Matariki is the Maori New Year and that Maori celebrate it." Levi
"Matarki is made up of 7 stars"  Ella
"I learnt that the seven stars are sisters" George
" I loved watching the characters when they pretended to be each other.  It made us laugh."  Isla

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