Matariki at Matapihi Kindergarten

The return of Matariki holds an air of excitement for the tamariki, kaiako, and whānau of the Matapihi Kindergarten community.  It is our biggest celebration of the year and this is the fifth year we have celebrated it together.  

Throughout the year and in the weeks leading up to Matariki kaiako and tamariki get creative and prepare for the magical night.

On the evening before our new public holiday whānau were greeted with a huge bonfire around which they warmed themselves.  Tamariki and kaiako sung waiata for them and whānau chatted and had a chance to commune.  We usually share kai, although this year whānau settled next to each other with picnics.

More magic came as the night crept in.  The ngahere was transformed into a magical fairy walk.  Pockets of scenes from the world of fairies and Māori pūrākau were nestled in nature and lit with lights.  Whānau followed a path often led by their child carrying a candle lit lantern.  Adults and tamariki alike were wonder filled.

Our Matariki celebration is our gift to the Matapihi whānau community.  Their presence in our community is their gift to us.

Aroha nui, the kaiako at Matapihi Kindergarten. – Athene Jensen-Larsen