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Create new family traditions this Matariki

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Matariki is a magical time to spend with whānau and friends and a great time to create a new family tradition to help honour this special time. We’ve got a few ideas to help you create a new family tradition.

Get up early and view the Matariki stars before sunrise

Sit around a fire under the Matariki stars and remember those special loved ones who are no longer with you. Some people like to call out the names of those who have passed as a way of honouring them, or you could just sit quietly and enjoy being together as a family.

Need help finding the Matariki stars in the night sky? Then this video from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa can help.

Be grateful for the past year

Take some time to think about all the good things that have happened over the last year and share them with each other and maybe the stars.

Plan for the year ahead

While often done at the start of the year, Matariki is an equally good time to reflect, think about where you are, and set goals as a family for the year ahead. Matariki is known as a time for contemplating the year that has gone, celebrating the present, and planning for the future.

Get together with family and friends

Invite the grandparents, aunts and uncles, and friends over to share some kai and just enjoy being together at this special time of year.

Plan and plant a garden

Get the kids to give you a hand planning and preparing your garden so it’s all ready come spring.

Get outside

Reconnect as a family and with nature. Pack up and head off for a walk in the bush, head down to the river, or take a stroll along the beach together.

Head out to a local Matariki celebration

With events planned up and down the motu, there is bound to be something near you to enjoy being part of. It could be a great opportunity to learn more about Matariki too.

Make up your own special tradition

Have a korero with your family about what they would like to do to celebrate. The kids might just surprise you with their ideas!

Want to learn more about Matariki? Matariki.co.nz has loads of useful information and resources.

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