Matariki - what it means to us

Kia ora e te whānau,
As the days become colder and the nights grow longer, plans are ready to celebrate The Māori New Year with a Matariki Festival involving the whole school community.

In bygone days, Tākata Māori observed the rising of the lone star Puaka or the Matariki cluster of stars as the beginning of the New Year: the harvest season had ended and winter days were best spent indoors. This alignment of either celestial body is ancient and occurs all around Moana-ā-kiwa, the Pacific.

Our community Matariki Celebration is on 27th June, starting at 5pm. We’re really looking forward to the opportunity to celebrate together, reflect and reconnect, whilst enjoying waiata, kapa haka, fire and kai.

Classes 8, 9 and 10 will be making soup to share on the night courtesy of the Community Association, and Class 12 whānau will be selling an array of culinary delights as the graduation fundraiser.
Class 7 will soon begin their drumming practice, and Class 8 are creating beautiful and functional traditional Māori kites.
The kapa haka groups are amazing and definitely not to be missed, and our wonderful caretaker Tim is working with Class 12 ākonga on their dramatic flaming torch entrance.

Please bring:
- Blankets, cushions, chairs
- Warm clothes
- Your own mug (for the complimentary soup)
- A few $$ to buy other delicious kai after the event
- Any lantern(s) your tamariki may have made at school/kindergarten

Tamariki will sit with their whānau this year, and we will have some space reserved at the front, for families with smaller children. Please feel free to place any lanterns around the centre circle, and light them yourselves.

We hope you will join the whole school by singing along with us to:
• Kei hea te rā
• Rise up o flame
• Ngā iwi e


Ngā mihi mahana
Jane Lush
Festivals Coordinator


Kei hea te rā

Kei hea te rā i te ana ō te pō? x2

Matariki whiti mai te rama x2

(Where is the sun in the cave of the night?
Matariki bring us your light)


Rise Up O Flame

Rise up o flame, by thy light glowing

Show to us beauty, vision and joy


Ngā iwi e


E.... i a.... i e,  E.... i a.... i e

Verse One

Ngā iwi e, Ngā iwi e, Kia kotahi rā, Te Moana Nuia Kiwa (repeat)

Verse Two

Kia mau rā, Kia mau rā, Ki te mana motuhake, Me te aroha (repeat)

Verse Three

Wāhine mā, wāhine mā, Maranga mai, maranga mai, Kia kaha (repeat)

Verse Four

E tama mā, e tama mā, Tama tū, tama toa, Tama ora! (repeat)

Remembering our event in 2022

Mānawa maiea te putanga o Matariki

Wow! What an evening.
Thank you all so much for taking part in this fabulous festival.
We shared moments of contemplation and silence, moments of sheer joy, and moments of musical and creative inspiration.
It was an event to remember and one that demonstrated just what potential we have to re-unite and stand as a single, undivided community.
When we keep our tamariki at the centre of all our actions, thinking, and wishes, we can't go wrong.

There are thank yous too numerous to mention here but without a doubt, the stars of the evening were your marvellous, irrepressible and talented children and teenagers.
Thank you for supporting our kura.
Thank you for remaining steadfast, even when things are tricky.
Thank you for knowing what makes the greatest difference.

Ngā mihi o Te Mātahi o te Tau ki a koutou katoa nā, Tumuaki