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Reflecting on Our Matariki Celebration: A Memorable Zealive Event

Updated: 4 days ago

As the nights grew longer and the chill of winter set in, the time to celebrate Matariki, the Māori New Year came around. This special time was marked by the reappearance of the Matariki star cluster (also known as the Pleiades) in the pre-dawn sky, signaling a time of renewal and celebration.

Friday, June 21st, Zealive Institute of New Zealand hosted an extraordinary celebration of Matariki, the Māori New Year. This event was a wonderful opportunity for our students and staff to come together and embrace the rich cultural heritage of New Zealand.

The day was filled with joy, learning, and a deep sense of connection as we honored the significance of Matariki.

What is Matariki?

Matariki is a time-honored tradition in New Zealand, rich with cultural significance. It is a period for remembering the past, celebrating the present, and looking to the future. Traditionally, Matariki was a time for honoring the deceased, celebrating the harvest, and preparing the land for the new planting season. Today, it remains a vibrant celebration of Māori culture and heritage, bringing communities together in reflection, gratitude, and hope.

PowerPoint Presentation and Interactive Games

One of the event's standout moments was a special PowerPoint presentation by our very own Martin. The presentation covered the history and significance of Matariki, its cultural importance, and how it is celebrated. Martin engaged the students with interactive elements, including quizzes and games related to Matariki. Students eagerly participated, showing off their knowledge and learning new facts along the way.

To make the session even more exciting, there were games with prizes! Students competed in various challenges, from trivia questions to creative tasks, with winners receiving small prizes that added to the festive atmosphere. The interactive presentation was not only educational but also immensely enjoyable for everyone involved.

A Day of Reflection and Celebration

Our Matariki celebration was a resounding success, thanks to the efforts and participation of our entire school community. It was a day filled with learning, joy, and cultural appreciation. By reflecting on the past, celebrating the present, and looking forward to the future, we truly embodied the spirit of Matariki.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to making this event so special. Your support and enthusiasm are what make our school community vibrant and strong. We look forward to continuing this wonderful tradition and celebrating Matariki for many years to come.

Ngā mihi nui,

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