Whānau can celebrate Matariki with their tamariki by making shared kai and enjoying time together. Take this opportunity to make a wish to Hiwa-i-te-rangi – the star our dreams and aspirations are connected to.

Why do it?

  • To strengthen the fine muscles in their hands and fingers, which will help them when they start writing letters and numbers.
  • Home is the first learning place and the whānau are the first teachers a child has.
  • A young child doesn’t always need special learning activities. Simple everyday household activities and routines can provide learning experiences in a familiar environment.

How to do it

You’ll need: Some paper and pens, kai to share, your Hiwa-i-te-rangi wish.

  1. Set a Matariki shared-kai date for friends and whānau.
  2. Make some invitations - be sure to include whētu (stars) and give them out.
  3. Share kai and enjoy your time together!
  4. Once dark, go outside together and send your wishes to hiwa-i-te-rangi.

Extra: You might like to make whētu shaped chips or cupcakes with star decorations.

Using more te reo Māori

Te reo Māori English
To wish
Rīwai pakapaka Hot chips