Tuesday, 27 June 2017

The Arts/Reading(Literacy)/ Maori Language - Matariki waiata

* * *MATARIKI * * * 

Kia ora tātou,our super students in Room 2 have been learning as part of their Poem of the Week a special waiata called " Matariki". They are able to illustrate their understanding of Matariki in their poetry bookWe are so excited to learn about Matariki this year, so let the fun begin! 

Matariki Poem illustrations 

Waitī, Waitā, Waipunarangi,
Tupu-ā-nuku, Tupu-ā-rangi, Ururangi e
Koinei ngā tamariki o Matariki
(These are the children of Matariki)
Ngā whetū e pīataata i te rangi e
(The bright stars that shine in the sky)
Ngā whetū e pīataata i te rangi e
(The bright stars that shine in the sky)

Here is the link Parents/Whanau: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLoDXwHpX6o

What is Matariki?

Matariki is the Māori name for the star cluster known as the Pleiades. Traditionally for Māori when it appeared just before dawn in late May or early June, it signalled the start of the Māori New Year. 

When is Matariki?

Different tribes celebrated Matariki at different times.  For some it was when Matariki rose in May/June. For others it was celebrated at the first new moon, or full moon, following the rising of Matariki. In the 21st century it is the new moon following the rising of Matariki that signals the New Year.
Matariki is due to begin on Monday 26 June 2017.

Nga Mihi, 

Miss Tumutoa and Room 2. 

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