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Sunday, 9 June 2013

Matariki


 


The rise of the star cluster Matariki marks the beginning of the Aotearoa Pacific New Year according to the lunar calendar.
This week we are learning all about Matariki which is the Maori New Year.

Translation
Matariki may be translated as tiny eyes (mata riki), or eyes of God (Mata Ariki). The eyes are thought to watch over the land and its people. Matariki (Pleiades) is also the Māori name for a small but distinctive star cluster that drops below the horizon in April and reappears in June.
Celebrations



Matariki tribal celebrations are held at different times by different tribes. For some, feasts are held when it is first seen. For others, it is the full moon after it rises that is celebrated and for others, celebrations are centred on the dawn of the next new moon. Each winter the stars of Matariki and Puanga signal the end of one year and the beginning of the next.

Last week we enjoyed reading The Seven Stars of Matariki. Here it is read by the author:

 
Has anyone found out something different about Matariki?

Click here to find out something new about Matariki. Please post a comment and let us know what you have learnt.

22 comments:

  1. I saw the seven stars on 3News. They said lots of children are learning about Matariki.

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    1. Funny that I saw it on 1news

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  2. we have a hungi at my ancles house

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  3. one night i i saw matariki in the nihgt sky

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    1. One night I saw matariki in the night sky. they look amazing.

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    2. I saw it to I no it looked amazing it was on 1 news to

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  4. matariki is awazing

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  5. I think Matariki is cool and iteresting.

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  6. ha ha ha I sow that to on one news to it looked prity amazing

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  7. did you know that in some of the story's about Matariki the oldest sisters name is Matariki and she takes all of the other sisters to the sky?

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  8. In the oldin days the wen the maori went out to sea they yos the stars to gide them.

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  9. when the stars appear again and the new moon has risen it is the beginning of the maori new year.

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  10. i heard that the older sister is called matariki and matariki leaded all the stars

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  11. the old stories also tell us that when the stars shine brightly,the year will be warm

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  12. This year Matariki starts on June the 10th.

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  13. i saw matariki on 1 news they said that on the 10 of June look in the sky

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  14. matariki is realy anazing and very cool

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  15. i saw matariki it was cool

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  16. wow matariki is amazing

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  17. I saw the children on one news talking about it.

    It is AMAZING how us

    children learn about

    the Matariki so fast!!!!

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  18. on mory tv i saw the seven stars of matariki

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  19. The seven stars of Matariki is seven stars in the night sky.There is anther way to say Matariki like the seven sister.

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