Teaching and learning activities: Matariki Manako Nui | Matariki as a time of hope

Matariki manako nui
The wishes and desires of Matariki

‘Manako’ are wishes and desires, and traditionally Māori would send their hopes and dreams into the stars during Matariki.


Matariki is a time not only for remembering and celebrating but also for looking forward. It is a time for setting goals, identifying aspirations, and creating a thriving future for people and te taiao. In these activities, ākonga are researching and analysing their community’s aspirations as well as taking social action for a better world.

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