Matariki: Celebrating the Māori New Year

matariki celebrationsBy Arwen Hann
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This article discusses the reasons for the celebration of Matariki and history in a way that you can discuss and share with children.

It gives ideas and teaching and learning activities for marking this culturally important event within the curriculum of early childhood education centres and home-based services. 

In late May or early June, a cluster of seven stars becomes visible in the sky.  Leading Māori astronomer, Dr Rangi Matamua has found that some of his own tūpuna were able to see nine stars. 


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