Matariki | Resources + ideas for kids


Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars, that rises in midwinter and for many Māori, heralds the start of the new year. Matariki is a time to gather with family and friends to reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and plan for the future.

For the first time in New Zealand, it will officially be celebrated as a public holiday on the 24th of June 2022. Below is a collection of ideas and resources to help your whānau honour the traditions of Matariki at home and in the wider community.

  1. Invite friends and whānau over for shared kai
  2. Toast marshmallows and drink hot chocolates while you star gaze. Watch this short video to help you find the Matariki star cluster
  3. Make New Year vision boards. Write down your hopes, dreams and aspirations for the year ahead
  4. Make and decorate star cookies. Try this recipe from Chelsea Sugar for shortbread stars
  5. Visit your local observatory
  6. Hold a family meeting. Share stories about the highs and lows of the last year, what you are grateful for and things you are looking forward to in the year ahead
  7. Make Matariki star bunting and decorate the house. This DIY Harakeke Whetū (flax star) garland includes an easy tutorial
  8. Light a candle. Matariki is a time for reflection and to remember loved ones who have passed during the year. Light a candle to remember and honour their memory
  9. Make or fly a kite. Kites were traditionally used to welcome Matariki as they sail close to the stars and connect us and the earth to those that have passed on
  10. Give respect to the land - plant a vegetable garden or tree
  11. Get outside! Go for a walk in your neighbourhood and get to know its streams, rivers and trees. Listen to the birds
  12. Attend your local community’s Matariki celebrations
  13. This DIY tin can lantern is a great craft project
  14. Incorporate more te reo Māori into your day - have a go at using karakia to bless food
  15. Learn about Matariki through this fun kids activity book
  16. Print and display this free 'Nau mai ngā hua' wall art from Maimoa Creative

Ngā mihi o Matariki, te tau hou Māori. Happy Matariki!

Tania of LMB

*the image used in the cover of this post can be found HERE (eventfinda)

Back to blog

Leave a comment

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.