Te whakanui i a Matariki
Celebrating Matariki 
 

Pinepine te kura, hau te kura
  

He wa ahua mahi kore a Matariki. He pai hei akoako, hei rapu matauranga ano hoki. Ki etahi iwi, ko nga whetu o Matariki te whare wananga tuatahi, he wharekura i te rangi.

He wa akoako a Matariki, he wa whakamaumahara ki te hunga kua whiti ki tua o te arai. He mea nui te whakapapa mo te whakanui i a Matariki. He wa pea kia timata tau ake pukapuka whakapapa, he pere i nga tarutaru o nga urupa whanau ranei.

He tuitui tangata te whakapapa, hei paihere hoki i te tangata ki te whenua, hei whakapumau i nga hononga ki tona turangawaewae, otira, hei here te whakapapa i a tatou ki o tatou whanaunga. 

 

Kei roto i enei ahuatanga he akonga hei tirotiro ma tatou katoa:   
 

  • Te matauranga kei te whanau me nga whanaunga e pupuri ana
  • Etahi pukapuka whakaahua tawhito a te whanau, tae atu ki nga reta, nga pukapuka maramara niupepa me etahi atu puka tawhito 
     
  • Nga mohiotanga kei nga ropu whakapapa
     
  • Te Ipurangi
  
 

Kia tae te tangata Maori ki te whakapapa me maumahara ki te tapu o te whakapapa. He nui nga tikanga e pa ana  ki te whakapapa, na nga tipuna i tuku iho. He tapu te whakapapa, kia kaua e tanoanoatia. E rua nga ahuatanga hei maumaharatanga mau:
  

  • Kia kaua e tirohia te whakapapa i te wa o te kai, o te inu ranei 
     
  • Me ata pupuri tenei mea te whakapapa ki te whanau. He taonga nui, na nga uri, na te whanau ma tatou e tiaki i roto ano i te whanau

     

Acknowledging family
 

Matariki was a relatively inactive period of the year. This allowed time for study and learning. For some iwi, the stars form the first house of learning - a whare wananga in the sky.

Matariki is a time to learn about your family and a time to remember those who have passed on from this world to the next. Perhaps it's time to start your own whakapapa chart or book, or clear the weeds from family graves.

Family history - whakapapa - binds us together, gives us our connections to the land, establishes our identity in the land and ties us to people. 

 

We can all learn more by investigating these things:    
  

  • Knowledge held by family members and relations 
     
  • Old family photograph albums, letters, scrapbooks and other records
     
  • Information held by genealogy organisations
     
  • The Internet



It is important to be mindful of protocol when dealing with your whakapapa and this includes awareness of tapu (sacred) and noa (without tapu). the two most basic points to remember are: 
 

  • Whakapapa should not be viewed while consuming food or drink
     
  • Dissemination of whakapapa should be carefully considered - it is a taonga and not to be treated lightly

     
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