For this year’s Matariki Cultural Day we decided to celebrate by learning about the 13 different iwi regions of Aotearoa. These include: Te Tai Tokerau, Tāmaki, Hauraki, Tainui, Tauranga Moana, Te Arawa Waka, Mātaatua, Te Tai Rawhiti, Tākitimu, Hauāuru, Te Moana o Raukawa, Te Tau Ihu and Waipounamu / Rekohu.

For this celebration, the tamariki were mixed across syndicates and year levels into workshop groups. There were two workshop rotations between 10:30 – 12:30 in which all the tamariki were able to learn about two different iwi regions. There was a sharing assembly after lunch at 1:45pm in the hall. This provided an opportunity for tamariki to share about what they have learnt.

We took this opportunity to further celebrate Matariki by having a shared hangi. The ingredients of which consisted of a chicken drum stick, potato and bread-based stuffing.

Whānau were invited to come along and share their knowledge, and learn, about any connections they and their tamariki have to the iwi regions.