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Matariki 🇳🇿

Written by Melanie Drewery and narrated by Tania Howarth

‘Tonight we have to go to bed really early,’ said Mum. 'Tomorrow morning we are going to have a surprise.' But what event would be so special to get you up in the middle of a cold New Zealand winter? The star cluster Matariki is rising and the Māori New Year is on its way! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A story in which a family celebrate Matariki and talk about what it means to different people.

This story is for children ages 3+

Written by Melanie Drewery and published by Penguin Group (NZ) in 2003.

Te Reo Māori Glossary

kia ora — hello

kai — food

moko — grandchild 

kūmara — sweet potato

waka — canoe 

āe — yes

whānau — family

ka rawe — awesome 

tamariki — children

e noho rā — goodbye

We would like to extend a big thank you to our guest narrator Tania Howarth for her beautiful reading, and also Hillsborough Playcentre in Auckland for singing for us. Aroha nui!

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