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Explore Māori culture and customs with your students, from musical instruments to Matariki.
The Māori calendar begins in June with the reappearance of the Matariki star cluster signalling the New Year.
Learn about different taonga puoro (Māori musical instruments) with your children and discover what their original purposes were.
Sing this Matariki waiata (song) with your tamariki (kids) and learn the names of the seven Matariki stars.
Discover the days of the Māori lunar month, and the activities related to them.
Stories play an important role in celebrating Matariki. In this story from Ngāti Toa iwi (tribe), Matariki and her six star daughters journey across the sky to visit their kuia (grandmother).
For many centuries, poi have been an exciting and dynamic feature of Māori performing arts.
From rugged rain capes to garments of great prestige, learn all about kākahu (Māori cloaks).
Before the arrival of metal tools and the gun, Māori used natural resources to make tools for hunting, fishing, eeling, and cultivating crops.
Traditionally, Māori were essentially an agricultural people, with a large portion of their time and attention being given to cultivation.
In traditional Māori medicine, ailments are treated in a holistic manner.
Taewa (or rīwai) is a collective name for the varieties of potatoes (Solanum tuberosum) cultivated by Māori.
Learn about the goddess of te whare pora (the house of weaving) and the different types of weaving that are important in Aotearoa New Zealand.