Te whakanui i a Matariki
Celebrating Matariki
 

Papatuanuku
 

Ko tetahi o nga kaupapa matua o Matariki ko te tiaki i te taiao me te whakaaro rangatira ki ona taonga.

Kia marama, kia kanapanapa te tiaho o Matariki, ka mohiotia he tau mahana, he tau nui te kai kei te haere mai. Engari, mehemea ka whakamonehunehu, ka whakamakohu, he tau makariri tera, he tau kore kai.

He wa kohinga mahara ki te whenua me ona  ahuatanga atawhai katoa, i a ia ka hora kai nei ki mua i a tatou. Hei whakamahara kau ake i a tatou, me whakaaro rangatira tatou ki te whenua, ki te hiahia tatou kia hua tonu ai ana kai me ana taonga hei oranga mo tatou.

I waenganui o te hotoke i te wa o Matariki, e ahua moe ke ana te whenua. Kahore he wa i tua atu i a Matariki hei whakatakoto kaupapa mo te whenua, mo nga mahi whenua hoki o te koanga aianei. 


Anei etahi ngohe Matariki mau, ma te kainga, ma te hapori hoki:
 

  • Tuhia he mahere mahi mo te hanga i tetahi mara mo te koanga, ka timata ki te kohikohi i nga kakano me nga tupu.
     
  • Waihangatia he kaupapa hangarua i to kainga, i to kura, i to kura, i to takiwa ranei. 
  • Akona nga ingoa o nga rakau, o nga mea whakato kei nga wahi rahui.
     
  • Akona ko ehea tupu hei kai, hei whakaora mauiui.
     
  • Tirohia he kaupapa whakato i nga rakau me nga tupu taketake ake o konei.
     
  • Whakatipuria he riwai kei roto i tetahi ipu.

     

Our home, the earth
 

Conservation and respect for the environment are strong themes for the celebration of Matariki.

When the stars of Matariki were clear and bright, it was thought that the year ahead would be warm and the harvest plentiful. When the stars appeared blurred and hazy, a cold and lean year was expected.

Matariki is a time to remember the land which provides food and many of the other things we need. A time to remind ourselves that we need to respect nature if we want nature to continue to provide for us.

In the middle of winter, the land is in its most inactive phase. It's the perfect time to make plans for the land and for a new spring garden.

 
 

Here are some Matariki activities for you, your household and community: 
 

  • Draw out a plan for a spring garden and start to gather the seed and seedlings.
     
  • Develop a recycling plan for your home, school or local area.
     
  • Learn the names of the trees and plants in local forests and reserves.
     
  • Learn which plants you can eat and which help to heal.
     
  • Plant native trees and shrubs.
     
  • Grow potatoes in a pot.
     
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