Teaching and learning activities: Matariki Ahunga Nui | Matariki as a time of celebration

Matariki ahunga nui
The great mounds of Matariki

Matariki is a time when food like kūmara are stored in large piles and shared among friends, whānau, and the wider community. This whakataukī speaks about manaakitanga, sharing food, and being together with loved ones.


Matariki is a time to gather with whānau and friends and celebrate the New Year. There are many ways to celebrate Matariki and everyone will do it differently. In these activities, ākonga become Matariki stargazers and plan a community celebration.

Make sure you are using whakawhanaungatanga with whānau Māori and mana whenua.