Each year we come together as a studio to reflect on the year that has been, welcome our new people to Whanganui-a-Tara, and thank our whanau for putting up with us. We share stories and kai together in the evening. This year we had three pepi, three fire pits, two karakia, and one roof top for star gazing on a very fresh still Wellington night.

Saw a shooting star when I looked up in the sky and greeted Matariki and learned the kaikōhau of my ancestors - no tiamana ōku tūpuna! Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou

My Matariki moment is a feeling. I have no photo. I have a memory. I have my whanau close. We are warm and sharing a thermos of hot chocolate. I feel calm. I feel happy. I feel at peace. In a world in disarray, to stop and appreciate our beautiful land, waters and sky is a blessing. One we must protect and nurture so that it thrives and continues for the generations to come.

I learnt and shared the kaikōhau at the Health Quality & Safety Commission as part of our all day Matariki celebration! We shared kai, waiata, stories and entertainment, it was an awesome day!

A still dawn over Whanganui-a-Tara meant perfect viewing of Puanga and Matariki. Mānawatia a Matariki!

This year I embraced Matariki attending the Living with the stars with Rangi Matamua. I started with a kaikōhau in a interview I had a few weeks ago . Attending a couple of theatre/plays in Auckland celebrating Matatriki and the open festival in the CBD . What a inciteful month , I have been able to use my learning in my workplace , and personal life and will be ready to embrace more learning next year.

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Year 3 and 4 at Selwyn House School were beginning their new How We Express Ourselves Unit of Inquiry, Star Trek to Matariki. To tune in to this inquiry and celebrate Matariki, students, their families and special friends gathered to enjoy kai, read stories, sing waiata and appreciate one another's company.

I am kaimahi at Te Whanau o Waipareira and was asked to represent at Kelston Intermediate School for Matariki. The tamariki did a presentation of each whetu, my favourite Hiwa-e-te-rangi. We had hangi, matariki quiz. The kaiako gave a brief of his understanding. All the community in the area came together and whakawhanaungatanga and sung waiata. It was beautiful and very emotional.

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we travelled for wananga and had karakia at Waikato Awa. We shared kai hangi and a night under the frosty stars.

Our mātāmua watches the day break over Raukawa Moana after getting up early for our kaitahi with Whānau Tupu Ngātahi o Tapu te Ranga (Island Bay Playcentre)

Kai from my whanau & garden to share with my mahi whanau

Kaitahi shared by our Island Bay Playcentre Whānau after seeing the stars! Everyone contributed some kai from each whetu, and the tamariki loved helping cook in the bonfire. Mānawatia a Matariki!

Prawns #Kaitahi @ CCS Disability Action Tairawhiti

Our Matariki celebration feast.

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Te Ahurutanga our maaori leadership programme at Waikato

Gotta have that Rewana and real Butter :) #Kaitahi @ CCS Disability Action Tairawhiti

Gotta have that Rewana and real Butter :) #Kaitahi @ CCS Disability Action Tairawhiti

Too celebrate our whānau and friends climbed our local maunga before sunrise to view the matariki stars. It was wonderful.

I attended an awesome hui organised by Kūwaha discussing star navigation - it was held at Park Road Post Productions where the theater has lights which act as stars in the ceiling - it was magical. Then, my partner and I did some star-gazing, we practised rest and read some whakatauki from our Aroha book and wrapped it up and mahi yesterday with a Matariki shared lunch. Love this time of year!

Community celebrating the new beginnings of Matariki, welcoming three new tumuaki.

My ESOL kids made a collaborative picture to celebrate Matariki. We attached it to the window for everyone at school to admire.

Being at the tangi of my kuia rangatira 94 years of age. Te po mutunga all the stars were out and total peace and in the morning the many were singing and beautiful sunshine throughout the service.

At our ece we had a week of celebrations, kai with whanau every lunchtime that the tamariki prepared, and a kapahaka concert, we had a lot of learning about Matariki, new and old waiata and pukapuka, and check out the wall display behind us!

Kia ora! In my workplace Matariki brightened our skies just as we were reflecting on the previous year and planning for the year ahead. At the end of the session we planned a meal together to share kai and opened with the kaikōhau. It really brought the team together :)

Celebrating Matariki with staff at Mercy Hospital with a Hangi.

Tēnā Koutou te whānau, Our MATARIKI MOMENT: Here in Nelson we celebrate Matariki with our light festival 'Te Ramaroa'. We kaiako and our tamariki from Te Kura Pokapū o Whakatū, Te Pouahi syndicate had the privilege to be the openers for this amazing event! ! ! Mīharo! ! !

Nau mai haere mai ki te huihui o Matariki - Our 2 day event in Wainuiomata had over 3000 people come and learn about Matariki, the Te Ao Māori pūrākau. We ended with a free sit down community hangi. This all happened at Wainuiomata HUB library - just a few pictures of performances, artists, organisers! Mānawatia a Matariki

It was a really special year for me to truly celebrate matariki for the first time. I’ve gone along to support the town matariki celebrations in other years and supported the schools who have performed. But I feel like this year I had learnt, through doing a level 2 Te Reo Maori course, what matariki is about, why we celebrate it, why it’s about slowing down and reflecting on our year past and our year to come, to celebrate with family and loved ones. Waipukurau put on the best celebration we have ever had! The entire Russel park was filled with most of the town. With multiple food trucks - so yummy! Free bouncy castles, ta moko stamps and so many activities. The performances were amazing and nearly every one of them brought me to tears! I’m a local youth worker and seeing “my kids” stand up on stage and be able to show their strengths and have such courage to get up there was just so inspiring! I also got a chance to perform with my Te Reo class which was so scary and nerve racking, it made me even more proud of the kids and youth who got up on stage also. This celebration was only one of the many things that were organised over a whole week! I came away feeling from the week feeling like my wairua was so full it was spilling out to others. That all parts of my hauora had been filled ready to start the year again. Im really looking forward to actually having matariki as a recognised holiday next year.

We celebrated Matariki by sharing kai. Some of us were even brave enough to try and theme or centre some of the kai around Tupuānuku.

Kia Ora e Te whanau! My tāne and I celebrated Matariki 2021 at Maketu’s Waitī & Waitā - Matariki Ball❤️

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I enjoyed an evening with my daughter and son in law, watching the Auckland Bridge lights and reciting our favourite kaikōhau. We shared a karakia in thanks to surviving the year past and in honour of the year ahead, and reflected on our gratitude for the fact that this celebration will be honoured next year as a statutory holiday for all of Aotearoa.

We created a harakeke tower with stars filled with tamarki dreams and aspirations.

At Springlands Kindergarten we spent the term learning about ngā whetū o Matariki. We learnt about how tupuna Māori o Aotearoa followed a luna calandar to track the passing of the year, understanding why the Māori new year Matariki is celebrated mid year. Matariki is a time to come together as whānau, remember loved ones that have passed away and to prepare for the year ahead. When ngā whetū o Matariki rose we can look to them for guidance of what to expect in the year to come. Each star represents how successful the crops, hunting and gathering and weather will be in the coming year. If certain whetū shines bright this mean that the weather or bounty will be good, if the whetū is dull this may mean less success. Nga tamariki learnt the ingoa of each whetū and what they represented, at the end of term ngā tamariki chose to celebrate with hākari me pekerangi (shared kai and a disco) with whānau and friends.

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We hosted our 1st Annual Matariki Gala Event at our kura this year. We are a small rural kura in a small town. We made and Gave away over 170 hangi, had several guest speakers sharing their mātauranga about matariki, tamariki performances and stalls. Was an amazing experience for our tamariki and community. Already planning for next year!

We shared time with Whānau and gave thanks with Kai Mmmm namunamua

We celebrated Matariki at our full-immersion te reo Māori Playcentre, Te Puna Reo (at Silverdale Playcentre). All the Playcentre whānau came together for the evening to share kai, play and kōrero. The tamariki loved the fireworks and sparklers too.

Our whānau had an awesome Matariki moment. Kite flying at Mt. Roskill, yummy kai at Silo Park and kapa haka at St. Lukes. Kia ora!

Kai after waka ama with Te Tai O Aorere checking out te atakura ☺️

Our trip to Rotorua for Matariki - Redwoods night lights

We travelled to Tumutumuwhenua Marae, Orakei in Tamaki Makaurau for a Sunday kapahaka practice with our roopu Te Kapahaka o Ngati Whatua. We learnt a new beautiful matariki waiata composed by and video link as follows: Hope you enjoy this as much as we did on the day.

Te kura waenga o Tirohanga - Monrad Intermediate kapa Hakka team Nga iti Rearea at Hotumanawa Marae Palmerston North Hautapu.

Mō te mātahi o te tau i āta whai oranga au. Mō wai? . . . . tōku manawa, whānau, hapū, iwi, hāpori anō hoki. Titiro whakamuri, Kōkiri whakamua. E mau kaha ana ahau ki ōku tupuna ki te kawe i au mā runga i te ara tika, pono me te aroha āno hoki. E te Mata-a-Ariki. Tihei Mauri Ora! Nāku Maylene

We had whānau gather from all around to spend time together. We all shared kai and stories, talked about what we were working on and how we were planning on achieving our goals.

My daughter's day care held a shared kai for dinner. The children had painted big pictures featuring all the stars of Matariki and their stories. They had decorated other stars with their wishes for the year ahead. The families were invited to bring an ingredient for soup, and on the day the tamariki and kaiako made yummy soup and fry bread for everyone to share. After kai the children played outside in the dark playground with lanterns and torches and listened to a karakia. It was a beautiful clear night and the stars were shining in the sky.

We got to attend the Matariki korero by Ngati Paoa on Waiheke Island. At 5. 00am we gathered and walked Oneroa beach to the Waiheke Library 3 Totara Pou. Waiheke Walking Festival organised the walk. Dark Sky Waiheke was present with their telescopes. We got to listen to the Ngati Paoa version of Matariki. They recognise seven stars in the Matariki Star Cluster. We observed Saturn, the Moon and Jupiter through the telescopes present. Unfortunately the sky to the East was clouded over so our Matariki star cluster was not visible. Ngati Paoa said this was a sign, suggesting that we could be in for a wet and windy season ahead.

Our tamariki brought in vegetables to make friendship soup. They helped us cut them up, then we cooked our soup in slow cookers. It was very tasty. And filled our hungry puku.

Matariki - Wellington Harbour - Fireworks Display

Community hangi for the East Otago High School community.

Ka hanga matou i etahi ahi hei whakamaumahara i Nga mate Kua wheturangi tia.

For matariki, the senior reo classes of whangarei boys high prepared a hangi kaitahi. This eas combined with a kapahaka assessment they sat on the same day. Mahi rangatira.

For Matariki this year myself and a couple other fathers went down to our kids school and put a hungi on for the kids

During our Matariki celebrations our tamariki engaged in lots of exciting activities, including weaving. We started by reading ‘The kuia and the spider’ written by our much loved Maori author Patricia Grace.

At Mahi, I created this collage as part of our team and office celebrations. This collage represents Maori navigating with the use of Matariki.

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My 4yo daughter telling me about her matariki experience ⭐️ 💛 💫

Celebrating Matariki while visiting Auckland. A great community event.

I am an ece teacher of Te Whare Aroha o nga Mokopuna in Flaxmere Hawkesbay. We celebrated Matariki by having a traditional hangi. shared with whānau and ngā tamariki. we want to personally thank the Dean Whānau of Bristol place Flaxmere for our beautiful hangi.

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Dramatic flame bursts light up the Wellington Matariki sky.

I haere mātau ko tõku whānau ki te awa o Whanganui ki tuku karanga, karakia, mõteatea ki te põhiri mai a Puanga me Matariki. Whai muri ake, he kai tahi mātau ki te whakanuia te taenga mai o te tau hou Māori. 'Puanga kai rau'. 'Mānawatia a Matariki! '

Attended the Ahi Ka festival in Wellington. Roasting marshmallows and listening to the music were the highlights!

Our Wānaka Primary School tamariki performed on the shores of Lake Wānaka at the community Matariki festival. The day was TU MEKE! 💙

I'm a Teacher Aid Horahora Primary School in Northland. I cooked breakfast for our Middle block which is 3 class rooms about 76 children and 3 teachers. We had together breakfast to celebrate the end of matariki.

Celebrated with whanau by trying out for the first time, Pataka Kai Restaurant in Rotorua. Beautiful scenery and kai and most of all beautiful whanau to enjoy Matariki with.

Growing up I didn't know much about Matariki until I had my children. And I guess I'm learning through them. We made Crossaints and took them to my youngest school to share in a shared breakfast. The teachers blacked out a room and put angel lights up they did a little display with dolls surrounding a made up fire. Helped my daughter with her colouring in of stars. Gave my daughter some veges as they made a vegetable soup for everyone to share. . . I think I lost out on a lot but greatful I have my children to help me learn.

My sons Kindy celebrated Matariki with an awesome light party at night earlier this month. The whole school was covered in lights. They shared the story of Matariki with a performance, then afterwards everyone enjoyed a Hangi. Was such a cool night ✨✨

This is a work my 5 year old daughter made at school as part of her learning, depicting her whanau as koru - she turned us into hearts folding into each other. My Matariki moment was seeing the school really leaning in to celebrating Matariki and thinking ahead to how we can support that journey next year.

I haere tāku whānau i te Waitomo. I also learnt the Matariki waiata a ringa.

Tēna Koutou, From far away across the sea, a transplant in the USA for many decades, I had the privilege of hosting a Matariki meal with friends I hadn’t seen for more than twenty-five years and new friends I met in the last few months. Surrounded by portraits of my tupuna we learned a Kaihōhau, waiata, and about Matariki. Our afternoon together was sweet, enjoyable and very memorable. However it also made me tino mokemoke ahau ki taku whanau ki Aotearoa me taku tupuna. Thank you for inviting me through the challenge to celebrate Matariki. Debbie Hippolite Wright Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Toa Rangatira

I took my babies, just us three, to the lake for them to see. To touch the waters and to center our core, to connect with each other and those from before. This is the land of our bloodline, I felt it beating from theirs and mine. Walking in the mist without any stress, finding solace and worries are less. Bare feet to ground ourselves directly to Pāpā, to recollect myself as their mother. To stop and breath in the crisp air, no better place to remind us why we are here. Lake Waikaremoana just me and my Matariki babies. Filling up our cup.

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Me and my tama went to watch matariki fireworks 😍

Te hautapu ki te Motutapu o Tinirau

He ataahua te hui Matariki nei ki Defence House. He tauira tau tuatahi ahau ki te wānanga, engari, ka haere au ki te tenei hui o te ropu “Kai Korero. ” Ka rawe ngā korero mo te taiao, Te Reo, me Matariki hoki. Ka reka rawa atu te kai, pera i te paraoa parai!

We honoured Waitaha's last prophet Manu Aute at Lake Ohau.

This is my Matariki moment, ensuring the knowledge of our tupuna is continued on with our future generations. A small kete I wove for a young ladies 21st birthday. This is the first kete I have made using dyed harakeke. I made sure I built a solid whakapapa, with a clear ara, imbued with aroha. Harakeke is my ahurutanga! Nau mai ngā hua Nau mai ngā pai Nau mai kia nui Kia hāwere ai

My Matariki moment involved spending time with whānau and learning more about culture over Kai As a whānau we have just started our journey to know who we are and where we come from by exploring our whakapapa, we are trying to incorporate Māori language into our everyday lives and learn more about special events, we do this together as one, taking small steps towards what is an exciting culture and rich history.

I am in my second year of learning Te Reo Māori, currently in full immersion. This year we have put more focus on matariki during our boho marae, learning waiata and appreciating what we have due to the knowledge that our tupuna have provided for us.

We had shared morning tea at school. Staff said prayer in Maori for our ancestors and loved ones. It was interesting to watch the kites in the evening and the night sky.

Whāngai i te hautapu.

My matariki moment was sharing a hakari with my whanau at home to celebrate my aunt's 80th birthday celebration. Everyone brought something to share. Nothing flash. Just being together as family should be was worth its weight in gold.

Talking with my clients in a therapeutic setting using appropriate Te reo Māori terms.

To celebrate Matariki, our organisation learnt a Matariki waiata; we listened to Professor Rangi Matamua (YouTube) share about Matariki; we visited one of our local Marae (Tohia o te Rangi) and listened to korero from our Kaumatua about Matariki. We ran a Matariki star competition and concluded with a Hangi kai, a quiz on Matariki and announced the winners of our star competition. Huge thank you to our CEO for allowing us to do this.

Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Te Tonga O Hokianga. . . . Matariki Celebrations of Kapa Haka, Waiata, Stories, Nga Tauira, Kaiako, Tumuaki, Matua, Kaumatua, Kuia. . . . He ra Ataahua

At our high school our kāhui māori group ran workshops for our year 9 classes to make poi, harakeke putiputi and learn waiata. It’s too often that celebrations of māori tikanga go unnoticed in our school so it was awesome for myself and the other kāhui māori girls to enrich the culture within our school. We also had a fun carnival lunch where there were many games like ki o rahi as well as face painting and māori songs. This was my matariki moment- seeing how so many girls can be apart of and enjoy all things māori

There were so many moments this matariki, we were very blessed. But I’ve chosen this moment with my sister and youngest at the GI Te Ara Rama Matariki Light Trail. We were giving out soup to our whānau in GI as they walked around the lights on a chilly night. We have been doing this for as long as the night trail has been going, receiving soup from donators and volunteering our nights to dish it out. Everyone loves it.

I organised a matariki lunch at the hospital where I work - the emergency department and Hauora Māori team got together and celebrated with karakia, stories, ukulele, waiata, and Kai! Several staff (including me) bought along their tamariki making it such a fun time - not the usual scene in our staff tea room! ! !

This year our kura Te Rangihakahaka was invited to the Hautapu on Mokoia Island, ki Rotorua. An amazing experience!

This picture was taken at my Son's daycare. We celebrated Matariki with our tamariki, and all of their families came together to share Kai, Korero, Waiata and Wānanga about Te Iwa I Matariki.

Matariki pukapuka reading & activities at the Hamilton City Libraries

To celebrate Matariki I took my son star gazing to show him how amazing our solar system is :)

We celebrated Matariki at our work by creating a Matariki menu. This is our watercress and bacon bone dumpling broth which was served alongside our titi boilup!

We attended Matariki festival at Silo park and enjoyed spending quality time with fanau and eating the delicious food from the kai sisters. . . then we decided to end the day with a photo in front of the neon whare.

I haere ahau me ta matou akomanga (Te Tohu Paetahi) me aku tamariki ki Moturiki. Te Moutere tata ana ki Mauao (Maunga Maunganui) koinei taku tuatahitanga ki te wheako i te matariki. i hui maua i te wha karaka, ka piki i te maunga, ka karakia, ka waiata, ka mihi ki nga mate, ka whāngai ki nga atua me kai. he tino ataahua, i pai au me aku tamariki ki te kaupapa a ka ako tonu au ki aku tamariki mokopuna mo te matariki Manawa maiea te Mātahi o te tau

Nō ēnei rā tata nei i whai wāhi atu ki te ako i ngā hua nui o Matariki. Nō reira, i puta te whakaaro mai i tāku hoa kia noho tahi māua ki mua i te mura o te ahi ki te kōrero mō ngā mea pai, mō ngā mea kino, mō ngā wawata me ngā nekehanga mō ngā rā kei mua. I have only just recently began learning more and more about Matariki and it’s importance to me as Māori. It has and definitely is a unique journey. This year, my fiancé and I decided we will light a fire, sit around it talk about everything we love and disagree with our dreams and aspirations goals and kōrero for what we will put into place for the following days and how we will achieve those manako. Nau mai Hiwa-i-te-Rangi! That is a moment and a tradition we will continue to do every year.

Nga mihinui koutou katoa💕 2021 is the best matariki in my 51years on earth✨ Hei aha ai? Because I broke the generational curse with my daughters, violence💯 sorry it ain't best pakiwaitara, hey am just keeping this tutai real💯 It's not all a bed of roses, an shes now facing the music with all her colonial tutai she has no choice but to decolinize, an own her horrific choices she put my mokos through, it's not always the males that suffer women play ugly roles antagonising, men to react. So yeh matariki 4me served me well tough love moerangi dakin. paimarie koutou ✨✨✨

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As a Whanau we tried to fill our matariki time with as many activities that helps us feel our Maoritanga. The first was a big Kai with four generations of the Whanau, we talked about what we appreciated over the year and our moemoea for the next year then we finished the evening with fireworks, whakamanatia Te timatatanga o matariki. Second was having a hikoi on Te Pataka o Rakauhautu, looking out and remembering our Whanau kua wheturangitia. Also as we looked out at the view of our whenua, this reminded us about our amazing and mesmerising purakau and it filled my heart to see my kids in our taiao applying our purakau directly to what we were looking at. We attended a local art activity making pakoko at the art centre in Otautahi, we made miniatures pataka, kumara, hapunga, riwai, arewhana, ropere Te tino kai o toku tamahine. We attended a matariki wananga at a marae that we hono to but my tamariki have never been to, Taumutu karanga Mai. The wananga consisted of many traditional activities but the Whanau favourites were mau rakau and kemu tawhito, I personally loved the whanaungatanga and the reo. We had aimed to do more mahinga kai activities but it was too cold. Lastly we were unfortunate as we had tried to go to several sighting evenings of nga iwa o matariki but the weather had not worked out. This has now turned out to be our Whanau goal for next year, tokorima of us to learn how to spot all the matariki stars before the end of Next matariki. Matariki is a special time it is being who we are, learning more about ourselves and remembering our loved ones that have past.

I haere ahau me ta matou akomanga (Te Tohu Paetahi) me aku tamariki ki Moturiki. Te Moutere tata ana ki Mauao (Maunga Maunganui) koinei taku tuatahitanga ki te wheako i te matariki. i hui maua i te wha karaka, ka piki i te maunga, ka karakia, ka waiata, ka mihi ki nga mate, ka whāngai ki nga atua me kai. he tino ataahua, i pai au me aku tamariki ki te kaupapa a ka ako tonu au ki aku tamariki mokopuna mo te matariki Manawa maiea te Mātahi o te tau

Room 8 tauira learning how to raranga stars, fish and a ball using harakeke with Whaea Hei. Awesome to share this mamas talents with our enthusiastic students. Ka mau te wehi💯

Te Ahurutanga 2021 - matariki wananga at Te Piruru Papakainga Marae, Te Kuiti "Maatahi o Te tau ki a koutou"

I wanted an interactive way to get my colleagues involved with Matariki, and celebrate our loved ones who have passed and acknowledge those who have come before us. We also had vision boards for people to place photos of their awa, roto and moana, and a vision board to post our dreams aspirations and plans for the coming year. And because of the hardships our tangata are facing today, i made an opportunity for staff to donate hua rākau and hua whenua to create kai packs to hand out to our clients. And we of course shared what we love most. . . kai. But most of all i wanted tontake the opportunity to share my experiences of Matariki in the hopes of others creating their own.

Whaea Hei Sisepi sharing her talent and love for raranga using harakeke with the awesome tauira in Room 2. Whaea Hei taught our students how to raranga stars, balls, fish and fantails. Then we shared some yummy kai with our special guest and reflected on our new skills learnt.