Matariki and Puanga

Matariki and Puanga celebrate the Māori New Year.

To some iwi Puanga is visible before Matariki signalling the time for celebrations.

Where to start:


Matariki PowerPoint


  • Say a whakataukī related to Matariki
  • Say a short karakia related to Matariki
  • Count to 9 in te reo
  • Answer the question “E hia ngā whetū o Matariki?” with “E iwa ngā whetū” (Nine stars)
  • Answer the question “Ko wai ahau?” “Who am I?”
  • Answer the question “He aha tēnei?” “What is this?” with the sentence starter “He…”.
  • The PowerPoint is a collection of information on each of the nine whetū.
“Ko (star name) koe. You are (star name).
“Ko (star name) ia. He/she is (star name).
“Ko (star name) tēnei”. This is (star name).
“Ko (star name) tēnā. (That is (star name).

Games for Learning or Reinforcement


  • Matariki Bingo will reinforce and add some information to the PowerPoint
  • Snakes and Ladders (with playing cards) will add even more information through an interactive activity
  • I have, who has activity will reinforce Matariki kupu from Matariki Bingo and Snakes and Ladders game cards. It is scaffolded so you can then play the game in te reo only.
Activities-Research and written activities

Art and Craft

Collaborative Posters

Other Activities

Reading in Te Reo

Matariki Products from Love Te Reo

Matariki Reusable Coffee Cup

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Matariki Playing Cards