Hiwa-i-te-rangi is connected to the promise of a prosperous season. “Hiwa” means “vigorous of growth”. It is to Hiwa that Māori would send their dreams and desires for the year in the hope that they would be realised. Similar to the notion of wishing upon a star, or making a new year resolution.

Now that you have learned all about Matariki, can you write a poem for Hiwa which talks of your own dreams and desires for the next year?

You can choose to write your poem in one of many different styles. Styles like:

We love to fly kites (5)

It is a Māori New Year (7)

A special time (5)


The most commonly known aspect of a haiku is its form of five, seven and then five syllables again.


The Acrostic Poem

An acrostic poem is a poem where certain letters in each line spell out a word or phrase. Typically, the first letters of each line are used to spell the message, but they can appear anywhere. A poem where the first letter of each line and the last letter of each line spell out words is called a double acrostic.


A Diamante Poem

A diamante poem is a poem that makes the shape of a diamond. The poem can be used in two ways, either comparing and contrasting two different subjects, or naming synonyms at the beginning of the poem and then antonyms for the second half for a subject.

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.

A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.

If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,

Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

The Tongue Twister

A tongue-twister is a phrase that is designed to be difficult to say properly.



Alliteration Tongue Twisters

  1. Pick a consonant.

  2. Write down as many words as you can think of that start with that letter. The more alike they sound, the better.

  3. Make up a sentence that uses as many of your words as possible.

Consonance Tongue Twisters

Consonance describes the effect of consonants repeating within a word or a phrase. The more complex the consonant string, the more difficult your tongue twister will be to say. Think "pitter patter". Try to put the consonant sounds together in quick succession.

Dance with assonance

Assonance is when a string of words repeats the same vowel sound, even if the words begin with different consonant sounds. Assonance is often used to lend a musical effect to poetry and prose, and it can help give your tongue twister a driving rhythm.

Consider the tongue twister "Men sell the wedding bells." The short "e" sound repeats throughout the phrase: Men sell the wedding bells."

We look forward to reading your poems! You can submit your poem here and we'll load it to our InMotion Matariki poetry wall.