Once the ceremonies, connected with the first sightings of Matariki had concluded, a period of celebration began. Matariki was a time of rejoicing and celebrating, and a time to enjoy the company of friends and family. Dancing, singing, art and games were a key components of the Matariki festival.

The ceremony is over, so it’s time to celebrate Matariki. Here are some great fun activities to share with your friends and family.

Dance with Moves

Introduce students to dance (performance) in the context of normal/standard New Zealand society … ie. an inclusive environment with people of all abilities. To remove social stigma associated with disability.

"Stardust" Thinking Putty

Stardust is the material that remains when stars explode into supernovas. Now that's something to think about!

While you're thinking, you can make our fun Thinking Putty

What’s Needed:

  • 1 cup Cornstarch
  • 1 TBSP Glitter
  • 3-4 oz. Lotion (unscented or scented)
  • Food Colouring- black


  1. Add 1 cup cornstarch to bowl
  2. Squeeze 3-4 oz. of lotion into your bowl of cornstarch
  3. Mix it with your spoon and then your hands – kneading the dough until smooth.
  4. Optional: Add 1-2 drops of color and mix
  5. Add 1 TBSP of glitter

*This is a homemade putty, and your lotion might be a different consistency – If you find your putty too sticky add just a little more cornstarch. If you find your putty a bit too doughy add a small squirt of lotion. This putty should feel soft and smooth. Perfect for molding, stretching, squishing and playing.

Keep the putty in an airtight container for long-term storage.

Maori Bread - The History of Maori Bread and the Making of ... !!!

You can't celebrate Matariki: The New Year, without whanau and kai. We really enjoy watching this video about the history of Maori Bread. It was made by the children at Hiruharama Primary School on the East Cape of New Zealand.

Nati Awards 2014 - "Nati Hangarau: Technology - Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow" Category: Junior Documentary Winner Title: "A History of Maori Bread" School: Hiruharama For more information about the Nati Awards please visit www.terangitawaea.com