How to use this resource

Create a rich inquiry using Matariki Akonga Nui.

Accessible, fun, and easy to use, Matariki Akonga Nui: Matariki for teachers is divided into three sections, with the first two linked specifically to Te Mātaiaho, the refreshed New Zealand curriculum in Social Sciences (including ANZ Histories).


Discover the rich traditions, stories, and practices associated with this special time of the maramataka. The Explore section offers knowledge acquisition. In this section, ākonga are using Te Papa, and its collections, to gather knowledge, understandings, and insights about Matariki.


Get active in your local community to commemorate Matariki this year. The Celebrate section offers place-based suggestions for marking Matariki. This section brings the ideas of what Matariki is all about home to you and your setting – using place-based approaches to engage with the questions at hand.


Enjoy a fun selection of quizzes, creative activities, and more in the Play section.

You can choose the level of engagement with these resources that suits you and your needs. Each of the activities requires no other activities to have been completed so you are able to curate a selection of activities that suit you and your learners the most. If you would like a really comprehensive journey into Matariki, then start at the beginning of the Explore section and once that is completed, move through to the Celebrate section.


Thanks to the knowledge and expertise held and generously shared by Professor Rangi Mātāmua (Ngāi Tuhoe), as well as all others articulating an indigenous understanding of ourselves in relation to this time and place in space, including Rereata Makiha (Ngāti Whakaheke, Te Aupōuri, Te Arawa), Hana-Rawhiti Maipi-Clarke (Waikato, Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Porou, Te Atiawa, Ngāi Tahu), Tyrone Ohia (Ngāti Pukenga, Ngāi te Rangi), and Isobel Joy Te Aho-White (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungungu).

Thanks also to all those at Te Papa who have contributed in large or small ways to the creation of this resource: Daniel Crichton-Rouse (Senior Digital Editor), Hauiti Gardiner (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti, Te Arawa, Ngāti Hangarau, Ngāti Hāmoa ki Amerika – Learning Specialist kaupapa Māori), Watene Campbell (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Kahungunu – Kaitohutohu Rautaki-ā-Iwi), Pamela Streeter (Head of Learning Innovation), Puawai Cairns (Ngāiterangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Pūkenga – Director Audience and Insights), and Natasha Hanara (Museum Learning Specialist).

Turou hawaiki,
Leroy de Thierry (Waikato Tainui, Taranaki), Maramataka Māori Programme Advisor and Sarah Hopkinson, Education consultant.