Matariki celebration


Matariki is a time to reflect on your place in the world:  where you are and where you want to be. Ara is celebrating Matariki from 13 – 31 July, to align with when the Matariki constellation is visible in the sky and the start of Semester Two.

Traditionally Māori believed that when Matariki gathers in the sky, it calls people to gather on earth. At Ara we celebrate the traditions of Matariki, provide opportunities to connect and learn through traditional and modern contexts.

Our Matariki celebrations are set within a framework of five elements:

Hono ~ Connect

Whakaaroaro ~ Reflect

Whakamana ~ Celebrate

Whakarite ~ Plan

Whakaū ~ Act

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Matariki Events

Our Matariki events bring us together over food and activities, and provide the opportunity to remember, reflect, reconnect and plan. There’s lots to do and experience and we encourage you to get involved, and to check out our Matariki resources to learn more.

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You may also like to check our what’s going on in Canterbury:

Click here to learn about the stars, their connection and influence

To learn more about Matariki visit our Subject Guides and Library Blog.

Ara Matariki 2019, Planting at Kaiapoi Pā