Wai means water in Te Reo, and Waiti is the star that is connected to fresh water and all the creatures that live in rivers, streams and lakes. Especially the korokoro.

The korokoro is an eel-like fish that has a sucker mouth with horny teeth and a rasping tongue. It was a highly valued food of Māori, that was harvested at the beginning of the Māori new year. It leaves the ocean during winter and early spring, migrating up freshwater streams to spawn.

Waiti also means to be sweet or melodious. “He reo waiti” is applied when admiring a person with a melodious voice.

The whole class can share their melodious voice as we sing the beautiful waiata Ngā Tamariki O Matariki.

Celebrate Matariki - sing this beautiful waiata (song), Ngā Tamariki O Matariki, with your tamariki (children). Matariki (the Pleiades star cluster) rises in the pre-dawn sky during the darkest days of winter - between late May and early June. For many Māori, it signals the beginning of the Māori New Year. This video courtesy of The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.