Maori New Year
Matariki is the Māori name for a cluster of stars which is visible in our night sky at a specific time of the year. In 2019, from 25 to 28 June, Matariki will re-appear in the dawn sky – signalling the start of the Māori New Year.
It is a time to celebrate new life, to remember those who’ve passed and to plan for the future. And it’s a time to spend with whānau and friends – to enjoy kai (food), waiata (song), tākaro (games) and haka. – Te Wānanga o Aoteoroa
Ideas for Workplaces:
To recognise this event…
- Swap our you commonly used words within your wāhi mahi (workplace) with the maori translations. Use these in hui (meetings), imera (emails) and even label things around the tari (office).
- Put the call out to anyone in your workplace who has Maori tupuna (ancestory) to share their tuku iho (traditions) around Matariki and perhaps their pepeha (introductory speech about their background).
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