SchoolTV: Celebrating Matariki

Posted on June 22, 2022

In 2022, Matariki will be celebrated as a public holiday in Aotearoa New Zealand for the very first time. It is a significant celebration marking the start of te maramataka, the lunar calendar, as well as the Māori New Year. It is a time to gather with family and friends to reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and plan for the future.

The growth of Matariki in importance and relevance marks the continuing enlightenment and depth of understanding that New Zealanders as a whole have of the special culture that is indigenous to all who call Aotearoa home. Matariki is a star cluster which appears in the night sky during mid-winter making it an important marker on the harvest calendar. It appears sometime around the shortest day of the year and is used to determine how successful the harvest crop will be in the coming season.

It is important for all children of Aotearoa New Zealand to learn about Matariki, so it can lead to a more harmonious and united future. Matariki celebrations will be happening all over the country. All whānau are encouraged to join in and support young people in learning the importance and joy of Matariki.

This Special Report discusses the importance of Matariki and how whānau can celebrate together. We hope you take a moment to reflect on the information offered, and as always, SchoolTV welcome your feedback - [email protected]. If this raises any concerns for you, a loved one or the wellbeing of your child, please seek medical or professional help.