Activity: Celebrating your community and connections

Create a community celebration to mark this special time of year.

Gather with your community and plan a school-wide celebration together to mark the beginning of the new year. As a collective, you may decide on a shared hāngi, music and dance concert, shared feast, storytelling sessions with kaumatua, art exhibitions, songs around a fire – the options are endless. Feel free to use our Matariki Spotify playlist for some ambient background music on your special occasion.

Planning and celebrating with your community at Matariki is an opportune time to gather ideas around what the values of manaakitanga and whakawhanaungatanga look like in your school community. Be sure to record and make visible your Matariki celebration for all to see!

Alternatively, check out what is planned in your local area, marae, or neighbourhood and see if you, your class, or school can participate in the preparation or implementation of that community event.