Matariki T-Shirts For Sale

Our clever Design and Innovation Hub have made Matariki T-shirts for students, whānau and staff to buy.

Students can wear the T-shirts to school instead of a blouse for the week of Matariki, 20-23 June.

If you would like to purchase a T-shirt, please place your order, make a payment at the Student Centre and we will email you to let you know when it is ready for collection.

What is Matariki

An open cluster of many stars in Te Kāhui o Matariki, with at least nine stars visible to the naked eye. 

The brightest star in the centre of the cluster, also known as Matariki, married Rehua and is the mother of the other eight stars of the Pleiades known to Māori. The other eight stars are: Tupuārangi, Waipunarangi, Waitī, Ururangi, Tupuānuku, Waitā, Pōhutukawa and Hiwa-i-te-rangi.

The first appearance before sunrise of Matariki in the north-eastern sky, in the Tangaroa phase of the lunar month, indicates the beginning of the Māori year and is the cause for celebrations. 

Matariki disappears at the end of the Māori year and traditionally this was also a reason for celebration with some iwi. During this time when Matariki was absent from the sky, she was said to visit four places, each for seven nights, Maukahau, Tārarau-ātea, Papa-whakatangitangi and Tītore-māhu-tū. 

Matariki is a truncated version of the name Ngā Mata o te Ariki Tāwhirimātea (the eyes of the atua Tāwhirimātea). Matariki is associated with good health and wellbeing.

Matariki Week 2022

Rāhina / Monday

Hui ā Kura - Matariki Celebration Assembly

Korowai Unveiling - Te Huia Kaimanawa

Lunch: Kiriata/video; Matariki Te Whetū o Te Tau (Dr Rangi Matamua) - ROOM 13

Rātū / Tuesday

Te Whai & Te Ao Haka visit Gracelands - Waiata/Whakangahau

Lunch: Kiriata/video; Matariki Te Whetū o Te Tau (Dr Rangi Matamua) - ROOM 13

Workshops @ Lunch time: Making Whetu & putiputi with Harakeke / Poi making - ROOM 24

Rāapa / Wednesday

Hautapu Noho

Te Whai, Te Ao Haka, Kaitiaki Hubs + Leadership group to stay overnight for Hautapu celebration + Hāngi preparation

Rāpare / Thursday

Hāngi for Lunch

Lunch time on the fields: Kemu Māori / Māori Games - on the fields led by our ‘Te Huia Kaimanawa’ rōpū.

Rāmere / Friday

Matariki Holiday


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