My daughter did this in her classroom at school and then they served soup to whānau ❤️

At our Clevedon Scout group end of term camp fire, we chose Pohutukawa to remember those past. The tamariki wrote about their pets and elders. It was very special. We shared kai around the camp fire and were grateful for all we have. We embraced Matariki.

Kei te ako ahau ki Te Wānanga o Aotearoa i Te Ara Reo Maori. I te kōrero mātou i te wharekai tēnei pō, ā, i koha tō matou hoa tēnei kai i a mātou. Nō reira, i whakapaingia mātou te kai, kātahi ka korerotia e mātou te kaikōhau. He pai te kai, he kaha ngā whanaunga, a, he rere te reo (well, getting there! )

This is the kids having a go with fire Battons at the Te Kopuru Community matariki light festival.

Matariki at Forte Hospital, Christchurch. 1st week fun facts on Matariki, 2nd week Matariki Song, 3rd week star shape making amongst hospital team fourth week shared morning tea of star shaped biscuits.

I haere au au ki a ponsonby kia whakaako I pana kia tuituia he matariki paraikete, I a Matariki wananga . Ko au mē toku roopu mē te kaiako Ron Te kawa I roto I te pikitia

This was my perfect moment and best sighting I’ve ever had of the cluster 😊

✨ Matariki 2021✨ Kia ora I’m Shells, I am ECE kaiako at Waihi Beach and wanted to share our Matariki experience inspired by my my mātauranga studies. This is the second year I have opened my home to my tamariki. many of our whānau managed to get out the door by 6am to see the sunrise and celebrate Matariki together. It didn't feel too cold as the sky had a clarity and energy of young and old alike to be out in the dark. We walked down a magical fairy light path to see our friends, teachers and whānau star gazing. We had set the kontiki at 530 and were blessed with ika as the sky changed colour. We saw the cluster and were in awe as it was the first time for most We celebrated being together by acknowledging Matariki authentically with karakia, respect for those past and intentions. Afterwards everyone congregated back at my whare for kai and freshly smoked kahawhai and kūmara ❤️ Experiencing the uniqueness of Waihi Beach and being together as one makes me reflect on how close Matariki is to my heart, creating this environment supports such rich opportunities for learning from our tipuna. We are so looking forward to the year ahead whānau, Kia pai tō koutou rā✨ ✨

We had the most wonderful Matariki craft sessions at the library

Whānau from afar were visiting and so I decided at the last moment that we could actually have a special Matariki meal with those we are closest to. It was such a lovely thing to do - to be with people. People are the most important thing.

Our whānau went out to enjoy a Matariki meal to tautoko a local restaurant. We reflected, set goals and our intention for the coming year. Mānawatia a Matariki

My 3 tamariki - Te Hapai, Waimarama and Paikea - enjoying a rare waffles parakuihi to celebrate Matariki. Not your traditional kai but a very modern take while we are learning to implement new traditions around celebrating this special time of the year.

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This year for Matariki we held a whānau hui for the community at our church. We had performances, crafts, waiata and shared kai. This video is my husband and daughter saying the karakia kai. It was such an awesome event and a wonderful celebration of matariki with whānau and friends!

Kia Ora This year we got the kids into creative arts painting t shirts and being creative with colours. 3 colours representing black night , yellow kids say glowing stars and red their favourite colour. Also passing on cultural practices of Art. Nga Mihi ❤️

Dawn karakia at Orakei marae, privileged to be hosted by Ngāti Whatua Orakei

We had a whānau get together to celebrate Matariki. We think Matariki is a time to gather with family to reflect on the past, celebrate the present, count our blessings and plan for the future. I made a boil up of pork and vegetables, and made fried bread for the first time. Our 4 year old granddaughter said karakia before we ate, and my husband said a few words about Matariki and special whānau times. We told the children about the Matariki stars and the stories behind them, and they were able to see the stars through a telescope. They were all in awe. It was a very memorable time.

This year we have shared a meal for Matariki, while learning the kaikōhau.

Kia Ora Matariki celebration we had mum over from the Cooks family time, got the family into some creativity art And did some planting with my 5 year old and the Moko. Quality time with Whanau. Photo of our art on t shirt designing.

We were fortunate enough to take a family holiday in Wānaka during Matariki. Lots of our time was spent touring the Westcoast of Te Waipounamu and this photo was taken in Haast on our way to Jackson Bay. We spent that evening star gazing. Fabulous start to te tau hou!

At work we acknowledged Matariki and it's significance every morning, through koorero, prayer, waiata, playing games, sharing stories and learning about different cultures. The week was ended with a mighty feast and practicing gratitude. This is one of the best examples of truly appreciating Matariki that I have ever experienced.

We lit our whole whare with only jar candles and fairy lights, and used candle lanterns to go outside.

We had an awesome night! When it was dark we lit our whole whare with dozens of candles and fairy lights, and put photos of our tūpuna on a special table with candles and star ornaments, shells etc. We did karakia for our tūpuna. Outside under the stars, we made a bonfire and offered kai and the steam of our kai to matariki with karakia. Then we had a huge hākari and roasted marshmallows on the fire, and lit sparklers. It was a really special night 🌟🌟🌟

Celebrating Matariki with my son at his Matariki Disco at Kindy

We had an awesome night! When it was dark we lit our whole whare with dozens of candles and fairy lights, and put photos of our tūpuna on a special table with candles and star ornaments, shells etc. We did karakia for our tūpuna. Outside under the stars, we made a bonfire and offered kai and the steam of our kai to matariki with karakia. Then we had a huge hākari and roasted marshmallows on the fire, and lit sparklers. It was a really special night 🌟🌟🌟

Sharing our Matariki with our son remembering whānau that have passed away - Pohutukawa.

I spent Matariki with my fur buddy Pipi at the ocean and reflected on how privileged I am to live in Aotearoa. I am also learning a kaikōhau: Nau mai ngā huia Nau mai ngā pai Nau mai kia nui Kia hāwere aí Manāwatia a Matariki✨

Our kura had a Matariki rotation week where our tamariki got to opt into one of several fun activities all to do with Matariki. My activity was to learn all about the whetū of Matariki, what their names are, what they are each the kaitiaki of etc. Then my kids designed their own whetū. At the end of te wiki, we had a school-wide hāngi and celebrated Matariki with waiata.

We had a Matariki noho with our aakonga. Skits that told the story of Matariki, haangi for kai, getting up at 5:30 to see Matariki, doing haka and waiata to greet Matariki and managing to snap this primo photo with our cherubs and Matariki in shot!

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Learning and then teaching 160 tamariki the Matariki song by Rahera Davies. They absolutely loved this beautiful waiata (and me too! ) And led to many korero about each whetu.

I whāngai whetū mātau ko tōku whānau i te atapō o 4 o Hūrae. He ata whakahirahira

This year Matariki was a big part of learning with my year 3 class. We spent four weeks learning about Matariki. We read many Matariki legends and stories and learnt many new kupu. We learnt about each star, their name and what they represent, made kites and lanterns, wrote poems, created artwork and sang songs. All of our learning was displayed in a Matariki Room in our classroom. At the end of term we had a Matariki celebration and invited all of our whanau to see our learning and share a Matariki feast with us. My students loved their learning about Matariki. Our celebration was very special to us all. Our Learning in regards to Matariki was very successful and sharing our learning with our parents I hope has helped develop their understanding in some small way.

Reading and learning about the nine stars of Matariki at this event with my children

He pikitia na taku pukapuka. This is an illustration from a pūrākau I wrote about my whānau and Matarik for my mokopuna. . A special time as I was in Tāmaki-makarau and returning to Mohua/Golden Bay at Matariki. He tino taonga.

My friends and I celebrated with a time of reflection and some kai with the dawn stars at sunrise. We included the Matariki moment kaikōhau.

Our school celebrated Matariki day by having our whānau come in and have have fry bread, a shared lunch, games and showing off some art work. This is some of us playing Ki-o-Rahi at Tokanui primary school.

My Matariki moment was with my whanau we as a whanau had come together to have amazing memories of what we celebrate with a Kaumatua and Kiuia ball on one of our marae in Putaruru and this evening was a fantastic experience for all our marae to come together and celebrate this occasion together and listen to their amazing stories about their life and also to bring together and share their ideas through a major korero that they all feel really inspired to pass down to us as we all grow together to take care of our marae along with our mokopuna who will be leading our marae when in time they will continue the journey to stand and korero along with kaikaranga and waiata this to me was a important role for me and my Siblings are having the opportunity to learn our whakapapa skills and to be a part of the hold process

Time with whanau reflecting on the stories of our tipuna

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Lucky to be able to celebrate Matariki at work with my workmates. We started early so we could get the fire going and celebrated with a hangi for lunch. That was our kaitahi moment!

We decided to celebrate Matariki, Māori New Year, by choosing a star and bringing it to our wāhi mahi. Our team chose Tupuānuku, the star connected to everything in the soil that grows and is harvested. My brilliant team stepped up as always, and bedecked our pods with twinkling lights and so many woven and growing things! Kōwhai, kawakawa, kumara, pumpkins and ferns rooted Tupuānuku in our space and brightened these freezing days. I loved that our whānau were represented - my pod mate brought a tarahau made by her son to decorate the pātengi and my daughter sprouted a kumara vine (who knew you could do that with a chunk of kumara?) Fantastic! Our whakatauākī. . . about the true power of collaboration: Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou Ka ora ai te iwi With your food basket, and my food basket, the people will thrive 😊

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My son Isaac was celebrating matariki with his Kindy. It was followed with the boys singing the waiata with the girls about the names of the stars in matariki. Such a great night celebrating with all the whanau and other tamariki. =)

Ko te kaitahi, ko te nohotahi, ko te takarotahi me to matou whanau te tino kaiköhau

KA WHATI TE TAI, KA PAO TE TOREA this reminds me of how the oyster catcher like the torea must get in and strike when the tide is love to gather kai or they will go hungry. this for me would be like seize the day at my workplace when the opportunity arises or it will pass.

Our Matariki, was having our whanau met at our sister Hines whare , bring a shared plate 🍽 of kai , played games with our tamariki and sung the Matariki waiata , then our tamariki sung more waiata, then later on in the night we all went out side lite a candle and called out our loved ones names , this was our second year of celebrating Matariki , which is more meaningful as my loving husband, had passed away 😢 , which is almost a year soon . It meaningful now as our world 🌎 is changing.

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We celebrated our Matariki learning at Oromahoe School with a hot chocolate! Whaea Del Oromahoe Kura

We had an awesome lesson from one of our Whānau who is a lecturer at University about how to find the Matariki start using Puanga, Tautoru and Te Kokata to guide us there. We also used Michele Coxhead's beautiful resources in Te Reo Club. Tu Meke! ! ! On the first monring of Matariki, we read the Matariki story about the family on the beach, and we roasted kumara and ate them in dripping buttery beautiful bread. The tamariki loved it. Behold Matariki! We are pros now at the 8-point flax stars too!

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This year Matariki celebration has been super special to us. Both my boys have learnt matariki waiata at their school and we have practiced singing them together. This is a video of my 4 year old singing his special waiata which they performed in front of their whanau at their childcare. We have fully embraced all aspects of celebrations and talked to my whanau about its importance and how it will take us forward in our daily lives. We've remembered a dearly loved family member who lost her battle to cancer earlier this year. We have talked about gathering food (kaitiakitanga), how to share our food with whanau. Feeling proud to raise my tamariki to be able to speak Te Reo! Ma te wa Pramita

Om nom nom shared a feed with my daughter and we talked through a kaikōhau together.

As Matariki comes to an end, my workplace held a shared hakari to celebrate. We had visitors that joined us from around the rohe. Teams were allocated a star connected to one of the four food groups of Matariki: Waitī (Freshwater), Waitā (Sea), Tupuānuku (Soil), Tupuārangi (Trees). Some of the amazing dishes presented were Pāua wontons, Kumara, Smoked Salmon bagels, fresh Watercress salad, mussels and everyone’s favourite Trifle! Before our meal we shared a karakia that acknowledge each star of Matariki. Our Matariki hakari was a great way to bring the team together to reflect on our past year, celebrate our achievements and remember loved ones that have returned to the stars. Ka mau te wehi!

Making a framed depiction of Matariki, and teaching my tamariki the names of ngā whetū o te kahui o Matariki, and reminiscing about our 28th Māori Battalion men and women

we committed to this karakia to begin sessions together - that we might be bound together in peace

Taken during our Matariki celebrations at mahi.

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Taken during our Matariki celebrations at work.

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As a Principal, you envision opportunities to honour our incredible country and the rich culture of our Māori community. Friday was such a day. I am beyond humbled by the huge amount of work put forward by our Māori whānau, our kaiako, our iwi Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki, our parent helpers and our tamariki. Thank you does not say enough the gratitude I feel for what all did at our hāngī. He rā whatiwhati kō A day of hard work This whakatauki is so appropriate- it can be used when talking about a community initiative that required a hard day’s work. What an absolute honour to work alongside this exceptional community - Te Uho o te Nikau Primary School 💜 #kaitahi

This year, I celebrated Matariki at my sons daycare. To embrace the moment with his friends that he works / plays with on a daily basis. It's the first time for my son to understand Matariki, so it was definitely a special moment we had together as mama n pepi.

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Matariki Puanga, on this morning i was standing up Te Rerenga Wairua beginning our hīkoi for the Stop SNA Survey. Not only working alongside Reuben Taipari but also meeting a Facebook friend and sharing that experience with her and her daughter and moko. We began our journey the night before at Reuben in Ahipara, and finished our hīkoi 11th June in Kaikohe. It was a very exciting day for us all for the kaupapa and the fact we had the honour of following in Dame Whina Cooper footsteps even got to stop in Pangaru and her daughter and whānau came to Kaikohe with us.

Kia ora everyone. My Matariki moment was when I first looked at the pattern of stars that make up Matariki. I realised that it actually looks like a massive fish hook (Matua) hanging in the sky. This to me is apt because we are actively praying and wishing for a good harvest year and what better image to look upon than something that represents strength, prosperity, fertility, good health and safe travel across water. I am still learning little bits of Te Reo everyday by listening and understanding and will continue to actively use it in everyday work and play where and when I can. Nga mihi nui, Bev Park

For my Matariki Moment, we had a Whanau Dinner and watched the stars

Happy Matariki 2021

Kia ora, I was keen to see Matariki from my home in Christchurch. However, I'm an amateur astronomer and aware of issues around light pollution. Unfortunately, my worst fears came to pass and Matariki was hidden by the pollution. So, I wrote to the paper as I believe Matariki is important, and therefore there is a right for all New Zealanders, including those in the cities, to see the cluster at the appropriate time. I'm sorry this is negative when there is much positive to talk about, but we do need to have this conversation. Ngā mihi nui John

We attended my son's Kura for a Matariki celebration early one morning. The tamariki had performed waiata and karakia. They also wrote down their hopes and wishes for the new year and put them in a fire pit to burn so that their wishes would travel up to their tūpuna. At the end they also lit lanterns and we watched them as they floated up and away into the sky. This was all finished with a hākari. It was an awesome morning to welcome in te Tau Hou Māori.

Ahi kaa - Maramataka Matakriki ki Katihiku pa, Ōtaki

I viewed Matariki this year next to the moana, listening to the crashing of the waves, birds chirping, immersed in gratitude for our taiao and the beauty of Te Ao Māori. I welcomed the new year grounding myself, resetting my goals and aspirations filled with appreciation for the knowledge of Matariki. I celebrated te tau hou Māori in many ways, the beginning I was volunteering in the BOP region with other health students promoting health studies in rural schools. We had a potluck dinner to celebrate. I returned home to my whānau to pause and spend time with my loved ones as we celebrated with kai.

This is our potiki, she had a Matariki kapahaka festival, then as a whanau we walked into her maunga tapu for her Huritau.

Our Whanau in Kaikoura, enriched by the sight and breath of our mighty Tohora, graced with the flight of our great Toroa.

Our Matariki moment was taking the nephew's on a tour through the Karangahape Gorge walk, I tried to get them all up to observe the actual whētu but alas, the little sleepy heads. . . So I opted to reconnect to the Ngāhere as an alternative Māuri Orā. . . Ka nui te Kaha ki ā koe mō tō māhi I te māru a Te Rēo

On Sunday July 11th 2021, Matariki was celebrated by the Rotorua Japanese Playgroup Families at Tangatarua Marae (Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology). It was clear to see that this playgroup was not alone and beautifully embraced and supported by others in Rotorua. Rotorua Kai Inc, Rotorua Japanese Community, Ministry of Education, Rotorua Racco (Japanese Drum team), Sing in Unity Gospel Choir and the Multicultural Council. Harina Rupapera, Rotorua Kai Inc member shared her korero on Matariki and what this means to Tangata Whenua. She also mentioned that Japanese culture you may very well celebrate Matariki in the context of your culture and your words. Her explanation of Matariki was clear, inclusive and inviting. At the conclusion of her kōrero the chair person from, Rotorua Kai Inc, Te Rangikaheke Kiripatea put out a wero (challenge) to the Japanese playgroup and the Japanese Community, to learn waiata for Matariki 2022 celebration, this was followed by a waiata tautoko and kai karakia. We were all invited to part-take in kai prepared by the Japanese families and dishes brought in by other cultures. Mika and Brendan Squibb, their boys, many other families and supporters and guests totalling 70, celebrated Matariki in style with delicious Japanese delicacies and a variety of other food. What a priviledge to attend such a beautiful warm celebration thank you Rotorua Japanese Community.

It was a chilly start to matariki in Turangi, our whanau and friends joined us at dawn to celebrate and remember our loved ones - finished with a venison sausages on the BBQ - pack up time 9am - rawe!

Here in Whanganui we celebrate the start of Puanga down by our awa before dawn with the flame arriving on a Waka and then carried to shore to be lit with Ruruku, waiata and the acknowledgment of those who have passed in this time. . Moe Mai Ra ngā tino aitua kua wehe atū ki te po

Celebrating matariki puanga by the Manawatu Awa with whanau. Ko Rangitane te Iwi. Food trucks, kapahaka, live music and lights, great fun. Ka mau te wehi!

Reflecting with our work whanau on the year that was, in an awesome spot up the hill with the most epic view back on our city, on a calm night. Super special Matariki 2021

Kia ora, sharing on behalf of AUT (video link: https://vimeo. com/577886668) -- Kaimahi and tauira came together at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) North Campus to celebrate Matariki through a series of interactive workshops and māra planting. The AUT Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences Equity Māori event began with a karakia and Hikitia te Hā led by Faculty Associate Dean Māori Advancement Robert Hogg and Kaiarataki Equity Academic Tammi Wilson Uluinayau. The workshops honoured traditional forms of knowledge including raranga, mirimiri, and rongoa, and māra planting. Kaimahi drank kawakawa tea and pumpkin soup as they wove roses and lilies and made kawakawa balm, picked from the gardens outside the whānau room. Tamariki from Akoranga Childcare Centre joined the festivities to sing some waiata and enjoy the hangi in collaboration with our Estates team.

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We (my whānau and mahi) have spent all month celebrating mātāriki. Enjoying mātāriki lights in G. I. Learning about different whetū at Kōhanga Reo. Enjoying whānau. Remembering those who have passed. My favourite part of the year 💯🎉🎊

We walked to the top of the hill at the end of the street. It was so beautiful to see the Matariki star cluster with my Daughter Jade.

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Celebrating Matariki at Ngā Hau e Whā o Paparārangi Marae followed by parakuihi.

My students and I really enjoyed working through Matariki this term. We were able to create Matariki stars and lanterns as well as retell the story as a play of how the stars came to be. It was great seeing the students so engaged in the learning and as a beginning teacher its great being shared with new ideas about this topic so next year I can better my lesson plans.

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Each morning at Sofitel Wellington Hotel our Leadership team has a Luxury Forum to discuss the previous days activities and any information to run our business for the current day. We have introduced the Kaikohau as the opening for every days Luxury Forum (morning briefing). Beinvenue, nau mai, welcome. Raymond Faulkner, General Manager, Sofitel Wellington

Our Ministry of Education team in Kaitāia decided to a Matariki lunch as a joyous welcoming of the new year in the Māori calendar. Our small office of twelve which is made up of an array of people from around the world (including Austria, South Africa, Philippines, Germany), all pitched in for the day either preparing food, setting up the kitchen, cleaning up, or doing the karakia kai. For myself as someone fairly new to the country (having only been here two years), it was an experience of all of the beautiful things about Māori culture such as whanaungatanga, manaakitanga, opportunities for ako, and enjoying great company over some good kai. I've also learnt a new kaikōhau that I repeat every day and I have learnt about the different stars of Matariki. An awesome opportunity! Kia kaha Te Reo Māori

The Te Kura Hamilton staff invited Ngāti Māhanga Kaumatua to a Matariki lunch at our Tari - the picture is of our kaimahi and manuhiri after lunch, having plenty of kōrero :-)

I recently started a new job for a wonderful kaupapa Maori organisation. Every Monday we have karakia and waiata followed by a shared kai. Its been a beautiful beginning to joining this work whanau and a wonderful opportunity to learn kaikōhau for our kaitahi! We do start every day with karakia and waiata before we get in to our work in progress korero and panui any of the whanau has, but Mondays with our hakari is definitely my fav! Heather Murphy heathermurphy89@icloud. com

This was taken at Ahi Kā, on Wellington’s waterfront, which I took my nephew and nieces to.

Kia ora koutou. Our Vocational team celebrated Matariki through Art, learning the star names, and the Matariki macarena. Nga mihi nui

Kia ora I am apart of a 'community initiative' called Kai Avondale. Amongst a few community projects we additionally provide a free weekly meal called - Feed the Streets - every Saturday for whānau. Its a chance to create whanaungatanga and share a hot meal with our community. On this night we celebrated Mātāriki with almost 100 people. We served a boil up with dough boys, kūmara and fry bread. One of our Avondale 'matua' gave a breif explanation of what Mātāriki is and what it means and then blessed our kai with a karakia. It was a beautiful night 😊

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I was honoured to have had the opportunity to teach and sing a lovely Waiata composed by Rahera Davis. The Matariki waiata was performed in the AUT WG, Ta Paora Reeves (Sir Paul Reeves) Building, with some of our AUT Staff and Students to Celebrate Matariki on Friday 2 July 2021. Following this inaugural AUT Staff and Student performance we then commenced a short hikoi to the AUT Marae where we joined in and connected our kaupapa to the AUT Kawe Aroha Event organised by the AUT Office of Māori Advancement where we were provided the opportunity to perform our waiata again. Hoping to grow this kaupapa further in years to come by bringing on more AUT Staff and Students to sing and celebrate with us. Manawatia a Matariki 2021.

Since moving back home to Aotearoa a couple of years ago I have realised just how special Matariki is. It's a time of new beginnings and a time to reflex the past and remember those who have passed. During Matariki 2021 I looked to the stars, said a karakia to the skies above and gave thanks for a the past year and the year ahead with whānau and friends. It's been a tough year for the world. I am so grateful to be home in New Zealand and to share this special time of the year with everyone. I am looking foward to Matariki 2022 and the public holiday to mark this gift.

My whānau attended the Glenbrook Railway Matariki Lights night in Waiuku.

I took my beautiful mokopuna Azahlea Harding to our local celebration at Seminoff Stadium in Whangarei there was music, a movie Moana which she loved and Fireworks display for around 20 mins which was stunning it was the first time our Council had some kind of celebration for Matariki which was special, we ate Maori vegetables peruperu salad with smoked mullet, which we prepared earlier at home and I allowed her to buy a treat from the kai carts provided to support our local small business vendors, we had a great time I had a opportunity to share my knowledge of Matariki pass down to me from my Karani Papa Hamuera Hau & Karani mama Pirihia Marino two very special people in my lifetime 💙💙💙

Kia Ora team, my Matariki moment was getting my rugby club in Dunedin to support the kaupapa which brought the community together in celebrating our new year a lot of rangatahi and kaumatua it was a very cold day so keeping them warm and games was the tahi sorry no photos were taken during the celebration next year we on again, hope to get Adam Whauwhau down to help out be awesome nga mihi Wetanui

We got the whānau together, began with a karakia kai, then shared the food we brought

Whanau & ihoa enjoyed the awesome displays @ te-whanganui-a-tara. . . . .

I kaitahi mātou ko aku tauira nō te tau tekau, ā, i mauria mai ētahi kai e hāngai ana ki ngā whetū o Matariki. I mua i te kai, i tuku mihi, i wānanga, i kōrero, i whakahuatia ngā ingoa o ngā tūpuna me ngā hoa kua ngaro ki te pō i tēnei tau Māori. I mahi mātou i ngā mahi toi. I akohia te Kaikōhau, ā, i mīharo. ngā mihi ki a koutou.

At my workplace my colleagues and I made stars to put on our board which was displayed for everyone to add their own masterpieces, stars, and we shared stories about what Matariki meant to Maori!

I have never celebrated Matariki before this year. I saw an advertisement from the Porirua City Council to do a body balance class under the Matariki stars at the Te Rauparaha Arena. It blew my mind as to how beautiful the room had been set up and the instructor took us through some of the basic history of Matariki and the what each of the 9 stars were called. For someone who has not been brought up with the history/meaning of Matariki this was such a unique and great intro for myself and I cannot wait for next year to immerse myself into learning more about the history and culture.

Council run Matariki Festival here in Whakatū ended with a magnificent firework display!

To celebrate Matariki, the Utilities Disputes team shared kai, collected donations for Wellington City Mission, and had a korero about Matariki. Ki taku whānau, me nga hoa, me te kai, kia ora. #kaitahi #kaikōhau #matariki2021

At Adventure School our Y5/6 syndicate learned about the Umukohukohu ceremony which culminated in shared kai, with students bringing in traditional family or cultural dishes. During our learning we practiced mindfulness, remembered our loved ones, recorded goals and fed the stars of Matariki.

my mokos having an xmas photo at nannys.