Matariki books

This week is Matariki -also known as Maori New Year. Want to find out more? Check out these marvelous Matariki books:

Daniel’s Matariki feast by Rebecca Beyer and Linley Wellington.

Daniel is a new boy at a school. His teacher Stacey introduces him to the other boys and they go and pick pumpkins from the school garden. Back inside the Teacher talks to the class about Matariki and the feast they are going to have if the pumpkins are ready.

The class talk to Daniel about Matariki and he goes home and talks about it with his family. His mother knew about Matariki as her Granny used to watch the sky for it. What happens next is really lovely.



Child of Aotearoa by Melanie Drewery, illustrated by Bruce Potter.

This is a very lovely story about the different Peoples coming to Aotearoa. It starts with the first Maori arriving and then goes on to other races arriving here.
People travelling through and settling here in Aotearoa. The sons and daughters of this land grow up and have children of their own and they grow up all Children of Aorearoa.

“The children grow and pass the line down to you. A line woven with many threads from other lands. Passed down through me to you — child of Aotearoa.”
This book has lovely pictures.


Matariki by Melanie Drewery

This is a story about a family who have a surprise visit from their Grandma. There is going to be a surprise happening for them and they have to wait and see. This is really exciting event happening the next day Matariki and the whole family are getting together for it. Matariki andthe special events are explained in this story.

Beautiful pictures and the book is available in both English and Te Reo.


The Treasure by Melanie Drewery illustrated by Bruce Potter.

This is the story of a mother telling her child about a beautiful teasure that she has. He has to try and guess it. Can you?

Beautiful pictures and a lovely story. We have it available in both English and Te Reo as Te Taonga.

Matariki, Myths and Space Storytimes at Cummings Park Library


Whakanuia Matariki, Whakanuia te Tau Hou Māori – Celebrate Matariki – Celebrate the Māori New Year!

Matariki starts this year on 28 June, but we are kicking off early with a special preschool storytime series all about Matariki, myths and outer space.

The series will run for four weeks at Cummings Park Library, Ngaio and starts on Wednesday the 11th of June at 10.30am.

Preschoolers are encouraged to bring along something creative they’ve made to do with Matariki, myths and outer space. It could be a star, a rocket ship, a woven kete, a taniwha, a Matariki kite or anything related to Ao Māori (Māori world) made with or without the help of parents and caregivers. All children who bring along art will receive a prize!

We would love to create a starry night sky out of the preschoolers’ art in the children’s area.

Matariki Storytime at Karori Library

MatarikiWhakanuia Matariki, Whakanuia te Tau Hou Māori.

Ka timata a Matariki a tēnei tau a te Rātu 28 o Pipiri, heoi ka whakatō mātou i te kakano a te 10.30 i te ata, kei te wharepukapuka o Karori.

Nau mai haere mai ki a koutou katoa. Ka pāhekohekotia mātou mō ngā pakiwaitara, mō ngā waiata, ki te whakanui tēnei wā whakahirahira.

Celebrate Matariki – Celebrate the Māori New Year

Matariki starts this year on 28 June, but we are kicking off early with a special storytime on Tuesday 10 June at 10.30 at Karori Library

Come along to share stories and songs related to Matariki, and to learn about this very special festival.

Ideal for older preschoolers, but everyone is welcome.


Matariki at Tawa Library

Tawa Library had fun with pois, porotiti (Maori musical instrument) and stick games at our July holiday programme.

First up librarian Brigid read us The fish of Maui along with some other great Maori legends. Then we all had a go at fishing up some Maori place names which we had to place on a map of New Zealand. It was fun trying to work out where they all went.

We then had heaps of fun learning how to play the stick game. We learnt lots of different moves and we had sticks flying everywhere.  Even the parents joined in for that.

Check out our pictures.



What’s on today: Thursday 18th July

Welcome to day four of the school holidays!

The July school holidays can mean lots of rainy and cold days stuck indoors. But don’t worry! We have lots of warm and free indoor activities going on.  Check back here each day to find out what’s going on, or go to our events page for more info.


Here’s what’s happening today:

Special Event – Matariki Magic!

Multicultural Matariki – take a mythical voyage and find out what Matariki means to people around the pacific. Have fun making stars and kites.

Kilbirnie Library, 11am


Baby Rock & Rhyme:

Johnsonville Library at 9.30am

Karori Library at 10.30am



Miramar Library at 10.15am

Island Bay Library at 10.30am



You can also grab loads of books, DVDs, comics and magazines to take home too. Check out the Top 10 lists on this blog. These are the most popular library books, comics and DVDs of each month.

Why not win prizes for the books that you’re reading? All you need to do is write a review on our website and you’ll automatically win prizes. It’s called Kids’ Club, and heaps of kids like you are already taking part.

School Holiday fun

We love Matariki and Te Wiki o te Reo -Maori Language Week, so much that we are having more free fun activities during the school holidays to celebrate them!

Here’s what’s happening:

Saturday 13th July, 10.30am at Wellington Central Library: 

Wellington Children’s Community Choir, featuring 5-12year old choristers, will be putting on a special performance for all. Come along and watch, listen and participate.


Tuesday 16th July, 11am at Wadestown Library and Community Space:

Matariki Magic: Celebrate Matariki, our Aotearoa New Year, with a free school holiday activity session. Story reading, Maori songs and legends and a fun Matariki Badge-making craft activity


Wednesday 17th July, 11am at Wellington Central Library:

Matariki Magic: Celebrate the close of Matariki, our Aotearoa New Year, with a free school holiday activity session at Central Library. Explore our myths and legends with a fun Matariki badge-making craft activity afterwards.


Thursday 18th July, 11am at Kilbirnie Library:

Multicultural Matariki: Take a mythical voyage with us and find out what Matariki means to people around the world. Make your own Matariki star or kite to fly.


Tuesday 23rd July, 11am at Karori Library:

Join in games and stories about Maui the trickster god these holidays. Catch your fingers and your friends with string games, and find where Maui is hiding in a Matariki treasure hunt at Karori library


Wednesday 24th July, 11am at Miramar Library:

Multicultural Matariki: Take a mythical voyage with us and find out what Matariki means to people around the world. Make your own Matariki star or kite to fly.


Wednesday 24th July, 2pm at Tawa Library:

Maui Matariki: activities and games, including fishing for place names to put on a map of New Zealand




Matariki Family Fun Day

Celebrate Matariki 2013 with Wellington City Libraries.

Free family activity and performance day at the Wellington Central Library. Bring your whanau along and watch amazing performances, treasure hunts, learn traditional string and stick games, flax weaving and more!

Saturday 22nd June, Wellington Central Library, from 11am


11am: Te-Whanganui-a-Tara kapa haka group performing waiata and stick and hand games

11.30am: Special Matariki storytime with star librarian Stu

12.30pm: Whai – string games with Frith Driver-Burgess

1pm: Harakeke – simple flax weaving of nga whetu and putiputi withYvonne Mason

1pm: Special performance by Anna Bailey and her String Bean Puppets – feel like a matariki star, have your portrait painted by Evaline the string puppet and artist extraordinaire!

2pm: Special performance by Anna Bailey and her String Bean Puppets – Pasta Arrabiata: a cooking show with strings attached! As the nights get longer come and see string puppet Edmond Snail whip up a matariki feast.


Also on throughout the day:

1pm – 3pm: badge making – make your very own matariki badge to wear

11am – 3pm: family treasure hunt around the library

11am – 3pm: fill our library with matariki stars – make your very own wishing star and hang it in the library.

Cool events at the Newlands Community Centre

Have you ever visited the Newlands Community Centre? It’s really cool and they always have fun stuff happening. Here’s what’s coming up:

– Come along to the ‘Legends of Maui story time’ on Monday 10th, 17th, and 24th June from from 9.30–10.15am. snuggle up and listen to stories of Maui’s legendary adventures

– Join us for a weaving session with Ngā Hau e Whā o Paparārangi Marae’s rāranga (weaving) group. We will be making putiputi (flowers) and Taonga Takaro (toys). A koha towards the rāranga group would be appreciated. Wednesday 12 June, 6.30 – 8.30pm

Waitangi Day: The Treaty of Waitangi

The Treaty of Waitangi was signed in the grounds of James Busby’s house in Waitangi, in the Bay of Islands. It was signed on February 6th 1840 and is considered by many to be the founding document of New Zealand. It was signed by 500 Maori Chiefs and the British Leaders representing the British Crown.

There were two different versions signed, one in Maori and one in English. The wording was not exactly the same. And so the words did not mean the same to both parties, this has caused many problems over the years. Especially as past Governments have not always abided by the Treaty agreements.

Since 1974 New Zealand has celebrated Waitangi Day On February 6th each year as a Public Holiday (which means you get a day off school!).

Some celebrate it by re-enacting the treaty signing at Waitangi (in the Bay of Islands) others as a day to celebrate being a New Zealander.

What are you doing to celebrate Waitangi Day?

Some Waitangi Fiction:








And non-fiction: