What is Matariki? In late May early June a group of stars can be seen rising up in the sky. The name of this group of stars is Matariki. It is the Māori name for the Pleaides star cluster. Mata o te Ariki or the eyes of God. It is the beginning of the Māori new year. It is also known as the seven sisters.
Pleaides is the Greek name.
Subaru meaning gathered together is the Japanese word for Matariki.
Makali’i meaning eyes of loyalty is the Hawaiian word for Matariki.
Here is a utube link to watch a short story on Matariki.
Matariki is a time for harvesting kumara and other vegetables in the garden. You can also plant out seeds or seedlings into the garden too. Check your maramataka to see which days are best.
Photo by Shlomo Shalev on Unsplash
There is a great resource provided by the Christchurch library that all teachers can check out here.
These are the children of Ranginui the sky:
Whetū marama planet
Māngōroa The milky way
Māhutonga Southern Cross
Kōpu morning star
Meremere Tūahiahi Evening star
Unenuku God of the rainbow
Tāwhirimtea God of the wind
Rūaumoko God of Earthquakes volcanoes
Here are some great books you can get that children will love and learn about Matariki.