To celebrate Matariki, some members of the Kapa Haka group went on a trip to visit the kids at Remuera Kindergarten. The group performed some of their waiata (songs), showed their poi and taiaha skills and then watched and listened as the students from Remuera Kindergarten responded with some of the Māori songs they have been learning. Then it was time for both the Kapa Haka and kindergarten students to spend some time playing together.
In the Year 8 Te Reo Māori classes, the students learnt the different stories about the Māori New Year. They made stars to represent Matariki and her children, and inside their stars they wrote a goal/wish/hope for the coming year. They also decorated some kites which are traditionally flown around Matariki time to represent the connections between the Earth and the heavens. They learnt that each star in the Matariki cluster has a meaning and is responsible for a certain aspect of the world.