Celebrating Matariki is something we love to do at Central Kids Kindergarten Kihikihi. We have been following the 30 days of Matariki calendar so everyday we checked out if it's a good day for planting, fishing and gathering food or a day to do nothing at all. It has been very interesting and along with the children we have researched and read stories about the seven stars of Matarki. We even learnt this year that there are nine Matariki stars instead of the seven that we already knew.
We held our hākari on the 27th June and we invited parents, grandparents and friends to come and join us for lunch to celebrate Matariki. We value the concept of giving and because our children enjoy the cooking process, we made a star cookie for each family, and also planted a parsley plant for each whānau to take home as well.
We were also lucky to have a visit from 'Mr T' the education facilitator from the Te Awamutu Museum who told us the story of Matariki through role play. Mr T taught us according to Māori legend, how the Matariki stars came to be in the sky, and also got to explore some taonga he had brought from the museum.