Matariki 2020

Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti

aroha tātou mahi

Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work

Teachers planned amazing activities for Wairakei Primary School Matariki celebrations throughout the junior, middle and senior school and were able to create programmes that were defined by the New Zealand Curriculum, well sequenced and reflected creative and imaginative activities. 


Our school has celebrated Matariki by sharing the Māori cultural traditions, language, and history of people. Telling the stories of Matariki such as the Seven Sisters explains the phenomena of a constellation and their importance to the Maori people at a specific time of the year. The stories of Ngatoroirangi of Ngati Tuwharetoa tribe, high priest (tohunga) and navigator of the Te Arawa canoe, explains how he used the stars to navigate the seas to find Aotearoa.  

Teachers have represented the Matariki stars from various stories  through the use of a variety of materials and different techniques such as 2D and 3D design, weaving and paper applique, in their classrooms. The Matariki star is a significant star as it is said to be able to predict the up and coming season.

The use of Koru design in student artwork depicts the environment and the importance of harvesting and storing food during this time. The other images within the spiral design encompasses other elements of Matariki.  

Matariki is a time for whanau telling stories of those who came before us and to learn about whakapapa (genealogy). Some students have been learning their pepeha, about their family tree and have used art to express this.

Games such as rakau and making kites were taught during our Matariki celebrations to share the traditions of the Māori culture.

Finally, students wrote a diamante poem using nouns, verbs and adjectives to describe Matariki and also to reinforce the new vocabulary they have been learning.

View the gallery of Matariki photographs from all rooms.

Keywords: Te Reo, New Zealand Curriculum, Matariki, Celebrations, planning, Literacy, Visual Arts, Mathematics, Weaving, Kites, Traditions, Whakapapa, Pepeha

Matariki 10 2020 Rm 3