Matariki 2013 teaching resource

This resource in te reo Māori and English, features five lesson plans and four activity sheets that cover themes of kai, taonga puoro, and kākahu.

Education type

Education resource

Suitable for

ECE to Primary

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This resource aims to raise your students’ awareness of Matariki, a significant festival that is celebrated throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

It's designed for both Early Childhood and Primary learners, and has cross-curricular links with Belonging, Contribution, Communication, and Exploration (Te Whāriki), as well as Social Sciences, Science, Literacy, and Learning Languages (NZC).

The resource provides content knowledge and practical classroom activities. You will find a range of age-appropriate activities that you can choose from to support each lesson.

Handy Māori vocabulary lists are included so you can extend your students’ reo Māori.


Matariki Education Resource 2013 (PDF 1.43 MB)

Te reo Māori

Matariki: He Rauemi Ako 2013 (PDF 1.92MB)

*Please note that this resource was produced in 2013 some of the content is out of date. For instance, the nationwide collaborative project displayed at Te Papa is now closed.

Collection Manager Mark Sykes with a kahu huruhuru (feather cloak), 2018. Photo by Rachael Hockridge. Te Papa