Matariki Fact Recall
We have been learning about Matariki and the constellation. Matariki is a small cluster of stars and it is also known as Plieades. There are several hundred stars but only seven of them can be seen. Matariki is a traditional Maori New Year. Matariki is celebrated with education and sharing ideas. Matariki is a time for remembering people you've lost.
For the last three weeks of this term we have chosen to learn about dragons. This week we are learning about Taniwha. Watch this space for our fantastic art on Friday and a video of us singing 'One Day a Taniwha' with actions. A taniwha is a Maori monster and it is a Maori legend. It is big and it has a lot of Maori patterns and scales on its body. It lives in the water or a swamp or on an island or in a cave. Some are good and protect the island and some are bad and eat people. By Andre A…
Tiki: More than decor - a symbol
We believe there is now emerging a deeper meaning to New Zealanders buying prints of symbols like tiki and koru than just a superficial decor trend. This article is a call to critically examine a casual dismissal of the extensive use of the tiki motif in particular as just another (temporary) phase of a wider kiwiana trend in NZ art prints that will pass. More than just a decorative piece a tiki print first and foremost represents an ongoing connection to Aotearoa/New Zealand. When a tiki is…
10 Legendary Monsters of Australasia and Antarctica
You'd think that there are enough scary animals in Australia that monstrous legends wouldn't be necessary. Apparently the deadly creatures that terrorize people on a regular basis aren't scary enough. The continent also includes New Zealand, and I slid a monster of Antarctica in here as a convenience. Ningens and Bunyips and Yowies, oh my! 1.