Updated: 6 days ago
Mānawatia a Matariki!
Tomorrow will be a significant day for New Zealand history. It is the first time that we celebrate Matariki as a nation, and Matariki is the first public holiday that recognises Te Ao Māori. One of the brightest clusters in the sky, the Matariki star cluster can be seen at different times of the year around the globe, and is known by many names. In English, it is called by its ancient Greek name, Pleiades or the Seven Sisters. In Hawaiian it is Makali’i, ‘eyes of royalty', and in Japan it is Subaru, meaning ‘gathered together’.
Today as a school we celebrated with an early morning gathering on the beach, acknowledging the Matariki cluster of stars. Thank you to Dean Whiting for helping us reflect on the meaning behind Matariki - while we imagined what they look like under the morning fog! It was a crisp start to the day, but a truly magical way to celebrate Matariki together.
Then we met at school for a Matariki breakfast to get together, celebrate and to share kai - an important part of being 'gathered together'.
A mihi ki a korua, to Dean Whiting for his Korero today and to Maria Whiting for all her mahi to make this event a huge success.
Also a mihi ki a koutou, to the staff for all pitching in and supporting the school to make this a huge success. We appreciate you so much!