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Learning about Matariki and Waitā through play.

This year I focused on two whetū (stars), Matariki and Waitā. I do this as a way to connect, explore and enrich my understanding of them. This process then cements my use and sharing of them in play throughout the year.

Last year I looked at all 9 stars in art. Getting to know them all and what they were tied to from the Te Ao Māori perspective.

The previous year I looked at one whetū in the cluster Hiwaiterangi/Hiwa – it is the youngest star in the cluster, the star you send your wishes to. Exploring wishes and aspirations with children and whanau created a stronger connection to each other.

This year I will be all about Matariki and Waitā.