Matariki – Māori New Year

 


Kia ora koutou,

Matariki is a time to celebrate, remember and plan. It is a time to be together and to share and learn new skills.

One way to find out more about Matariki could to to explore Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand 


Would you like to listen in Te Reo, English (or both!) to this story woven with magic, love and adventure?

The Seven Stars of Matariki / Te Huihui o Matariki by Toni Rolleston is a beautiful book to read about Matariki. It’s available in English, and te reo. Check out the videos below.

Image Courtesy of SyndeticsImage Courtesy of Syndetics

 



 


You might want to keep practising your New Zealand Sign Language AND your Te Reo! Learn some more sign by watching  19 year old Tuhoi Henry (Te Uri o Hau).


Image Courtesy of SyndeticsThen, you could borrow the book Matariki and keep improving your signing. Ka rawe!

 

 

 


Pop over to the Wellington City Libraries and explore our Tamariki section here

You will find some great tools to help you improve your Te Reo.


Ngā mihi.

Kids’ Club Review by bonnie: Te Tanguruhau

Te TanguruhauTe Tanguruhau, Julia Donaldson ; nā Axel Scheffler ngā pikitia ; nā Brian Morris i whakamāori

this is a fantastic book for kids its the māori version of the grufferlo

4 stars

Reviewed by bonnie from Miramar and Seatoun School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Molly: Tu Meke Tūī! : koni atu ke nga ahua o te manu rerere

Tu Meke Tūī! : koni atu ke nga ahua o te manu rerereTu Meke Tūī! : koni atu ke nga ahua o te manu rerere, ko Malcolm Clarke te kaituhituhi ; ko Flox te kaiwhakaahua te ringatoi whakairoiro

A beautifully illustrated picture book about friendship. A tui and a takahe meet. Despite having lots of differences they find a way to become friends. This is a lovely story and makes you feel good inside. The illustrations are truly amazing. All children would enjoy reading and looking at this book.

5 stars

Reviewed by Molly from Karori and Karori Normal School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Molly: The clay woman

The clay womanThe clay woman, woven and illustrated by Xoë Hall

The Clay Woman is about Hineahuane, who was sculptured from clay by Tane Mahuta. I think this is a fabulous book as it is about a Maori legend. The illustrations are also stunning.

5 stars

Reviewed by Molly from Karori and Karori Normal School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Anna: Tu Meke Tūī! : there’s more to being a bird than flying

Tu Meke Tūī! : there's more to being a bird than flyingTu Meke Tūī! : there’s more to being a bird than flying, Malcolm Clarke ; illustrated by Flox

This is beautiful book is about a Tui called Teri who sets off flying. He sees a Takahe who want to know if Teri can fly with her. This story is lovely as it is about friends. I really enjoyed it and think little children will enjoy it too as it is a picture book.

5 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Karori and Karori Normal School , 9 years old