Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Rosie's Writing about Matariki

  • Intro
  • What is Matariki - legend
  • How do they celebrate it?
  • Who celebrates it? When? Why?
  • Conclusion - summary


What is Matariki?

Matariki is the Maori New Year. It is also the name of seven stars in the sky. There is a Maori legend about how the earth was created that explains Matariki.

According to the legend, Papatuanuku (the land) and Ranginui (the sky) were separated by one of their children because the children wanted space. Tane Mahuta (the forest) pushed the sky with his hands and split up the earth and sky. Another child, Tawhirimatea (the wind), was very sad for his parents. He cried tears of lightning and threw them up into the sky. They became the stars of Matariki.

Matariki is on in the late may and early july. They celebrate it by singing there waiata and having parties.

Maori celebrate matariki so that they can remember their culture . pakeha  also celebrate matariki as an important part of New Zealand history.

Matariki has always been an important part of the year. its on in late may and early july. also people celebrate it  by singing waiata and having parties.pakias celebrate it to remind them of the New zealand history. Matariki was once a rear and has always been an important time in the maori calendar and the story how the tree pushed the mother and father apart. is the Legend of Matariki real.

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