Activity: Matariki as a time of hope

Explore why Matariki is a time to think about our aspirations.

Watch the video below and listen for the reasons Professor Rangi Mātāmua gives about the sacred nature of the whetū Hiwa–i-te-rangi.

Play Maisey Rika’s waiata Hiwa-i-te-rangi and read the song lyrics as you listen. Using your own understanding of te reo, and of the whetū Hiwa-i-te-rangi, decide what this waiata is about. Discuss your ideas together and then listen to Maisey Rika speak about the meaning of this waiata:

Maisey Rika talks about Hiwa-i-te-rangi

Look back at the activities you may have completed earlier in Teaching and learning activities: What are the stars of Matariki?, and with all of these in mind, discuss the importance of Matariki as a time of hope.