Matariki - Maori New Year
By Jacqueline Gardner-Cook & Courtney Newman Two of our students created this display for Matariki, we love Jacqueline's painting! I attached some stars onto a boring black post and now we are ready to celebrate Maori New Year! If you don't know much about Matariki you can find some details here: Ko te whānau o Matariki: Matariki Education Resource - Te Papa: The Museum of New Zealand
7 Marvellous Matariki Crafts for Kids - Kiwi Families
As we approach Matariki, there are some wonderful Matariki crafts you can do with your children to celebrate.
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Manu Tukutuku- Kites
Last year, all of the year five and six students made manu tukutuku to be shown at our annual Calf Club. The idea came from the book ‘Māori Art for Kids’ which you can find here. Here&#…
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The single plume of toetoe at the narrow end of this manu taratahi gives the kite its name – tara means point and tahi means one. This kite comes from Ngāi Tūhoe, and was collected by Elsdon Best. It is now in the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
What is Matariki? Matariki is the Māori name for a group of stars. The science name is the Pleiades and instead of ‘group’ they call it a star cluster. It signalled the start of the Mā…
Our Koru Art
We began looking at Maori art before we went on our trip to the Marae and how we can represent ourselves and our family. This is our koru art. These koru drawing reflect our family's and are inspired by the native fern fronds found in our native bush. The koru is the Maori name given to the new unfurling fern frond and symbolises new growth, strength and peace. This is Lachlan's Koru - blue: Jessie, green: Dad, purple: Shaun, Red: Lachlan, yellow: Mum, orange: Paul. This is Harrison's koru…