At Central Kids Hazelmere Kindergarten in Te Awamutu, we spent the week honouring the traditions of Matariki in a contemporary way. Whānau are invited to name a star to attach to our apple tree in memory of loved ones who have passed on. The children are developing the concept of having a tangible way to remember their loved ones who have passed.
We have a Matariki tradition at Hazelmere where the three oldest children walk with a teacher to the local shop and buy hot chips to share. These were eaten around an open fire, until the rain came!!
Tuesday, saw us enjoying some of our apples which had been stewed and frozen by one of our families. We had these with custard. On Wednesday, we used the bounty of Papatūānuku as we made veggie soup to share at lunchtime. On Thursday, to acknowledge the astronomical nature of Matariki, the children made star biscuits. Friday saw us preparing and planning ahead as we planted lettuce, tomato and cucumber seeds which we will grow and harvest in the summer.
The celebrations culminated in a Kai Hākari where whānau gathered together and shared lunch after the children had performed their special Matariki waiata. We love building these special memories for our whānau and are already thinking ahead to next Matariki.