Watch: The Star Family of Matariki story

Hear Te Waari Carkeek, from Ngāti Toa Rangatira iwi, tell the story of how the seven Matariki stars use their special talents and skills to help their kuia, Papatūānuku (the earth), prepare for the new year.

​The video features time-lapse photography of places in the Wellington region that are significant to Ngāti Toa, and a soundscape of taonga puorotaonga puoro Māori musical instruments.

Translations of words used

In the order they’re heard in the video:

  • whānau – family
  • Papatūānuku/Papa – earth mother
  • mauri – life principle
  • kuia – female elder
  • kai – food
  • rongoā – medicine
  • kākahu – clothing
  • pūkenga – skills
  • te wao nui a Tāne – the great forests of Tāne
  • Tānemahuta – god of the forest
  • manu – bird
  • mokomoko – lizard
  • waiata – song
  • Tangaroa – god of the sea
  • Ranginui – sky father
  • Tamanuiterā – the sun
  • whaea – mother, aunt
  • matua – father, uncle