If you’d like to know more about the Maori New Year celebration, have a look on the NZ Ministry for Culture & Heritage site here
And if you would like some ideas of how to celebrate, KiwiFamilies has some good ideas too, such as:
- Make Matariki a time when the whole family gets together to feast and give thanks. It may be a nice opportunity to explore traditional Maori food like hangi and rewena (Maori bread).
- Spend a night sleeping under the stars (or under a tent!), and tell your own family stories. You may want to talk about family memories, or create goals for the coming lunar year.
- Contact your local Department of Conservation to find out if there are any regeneration projects happening in your area. Organise to plant a tree on Matariki, or better still, get together with a group of friends and plant several.
And for rainy day weather, there are some craft ideas here.