Matariki

Matariki 

Ngā Kaitiaki o Matariki | Guardians of Matariki: Primary programme

Celebrate Matariki at Te Papa!

Come to Te Papa for the annual Matariki education programme.

The rising of the star cluster Matariki signals the start of the Māori New Year. This year, our theme for Matariki is kaitiakitanga (guardianship). We think everyone is a kaitiaki (guardian) of something! We are kaitiaki of pūrākau (stories), of papatūānuku (our earth), of our little brothers and sisters, and of each other!

In a hands-on workshop, and through hearing pūrākau, students will discover the meaning of Matariki and kaitiakitanga. After finding Matariki in the star lab, students will create a star map to take home and share with their whānau – so everyone can find Matariki in the night sky. Let's all become kaitiaki of Matariki and share its meaning!

Available: 5 May–20 June

Suitable for: Years 3–8

Learning areas and strands: Social Sciences – Identity, Culture, and Organisation; Place and Environment. Learning Languages – Cultural Knowledge.

Duration: 60 mins

Cost per student: $6.50

Full programme information: Essential reading prior to attending this programme.

Matariki programme information (PDF, 487KB)

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Matariki: Early Years programme

‘Birds, you all know the terrible thing that is happening to our forest’, said Tāne. ‘Only you can save it! Who will come?’

Come and hear how Kiwi took up Tānemahuta’s call to be a kaitiaki (guardian) of the forest in this Matariki education programme, especially designed for early years learners (four-to-seven year olds).

Following Kiwi’s example, discover through guided play and group kōrero (discussion) some of the steps that people take every day to care for our environment. 

Experience the rising of the Matariki star cluster within our Star Lab, and make something special  to take home that recognises your role as a kaitiaki too!

Available: 5 May–20 June

Age levels: ECE–Y2 (4–7 years)

Learning areas and strands:

Te Whāriki: Well-being: G3; Belonging: G2; Communication: G2 and G3; Exploration: G3 and G4.

NZC: Social Sciences – Identity, Culture and Change; Place and Environment. Learning Languages – Cultural Knowledge. Science – Nature of Science > Participating and Contributing

Duration: 45 mins

Cost per student: $3

Full programme information: Essential reading prior to attending this programme.

Matariki: Early Years programme information (PDF, 485KB)

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