Matariki Education Resource 

Matariki Education Resource – Raise your students’ awareness of Matariki!

This resource is designed for both Early Childhood and Primary learners, it has cross curricular links with Te Whāriki, as well as Social Sciences, Science, Literacy, and the Learning Languages area of the New Zealand Curriculum.

The unit provides you with up-to-date content knowledge and practical classroom activities. The content and activities relate to the theme of kaitiakitanga (guardianship). Handy Māori vocab lists are included so you can extend your students’ reo Māori.

Tangohia tenei putanga e ko i te reo Māori. Ko te matauranga te kaupapa o tenei rauemi.

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 Download the Matariki education resource (PDF, 1.42MB)

 Tangohia mai i nga rauemi ako mo Matariki (PDF, 1.91MB)

Matariki story – Ngāti Toa Rangatira

Hear the Matariki story of Ngāti Toa Rangatira iwi (tribe), Te Papa’s iwi in residence, retold for children by kaumātua (elder) Te Waari Carkeek. Beautiful time-lapse photography reveals places in the Wellington region that are significant to Ngāti Toa, such as Mana Island, Kapiti Island, the Tararua Ranges, and Te-Upoko-o-te-Ika-a-Māui (Wellington Harbour). A soundscape of taonga puoro, or Māori musical instruments, accompanies the narration.

Māori words and definitions, in the order they’re heard in the video:

  • whānau – family
  • Papatūānuku/Papa – earth mother
  • mauri – life principle
  • kuia – female elder
  • kai – food
  • rongoā – medicine
  • kākahu – clothing
  • pūkenga – skills
  • te wao nui a Tāne – the great forests of Tāne
  • Tānemahuta – god of the forest
  • manu – bird
  • mokomoko – lizard
  • waiata – song
  • Tangaroa – god of the sea
  • Ranginui – sky father
  • Tamanuiterā – the sun
  • whaea – mother, aunt 
  • matua – father, uncle

Matariki blog series

To further support learning check out our series of blogs based around the kaupapa of whānau - a theme which has shared with us by iwi in residence Ngāti Toa Rangatira.
Read the Matariki blogs