The Māori New Year

Our Matariki book is an award winner! It won the Teachers’ Choice award for the Best Resource in Te Reo Māori at the CLNZ Educational Publishing Awards in November 2015.

There are many reasons why teachers and children adore this book, which follows an extended whānau through a day of Matariki celebrations. It’s a perfect fit for your Matariki focus in early childhood and primary school, and the beautiful song is like a soothing lullaby.

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Written by Sharon Holt and illustrated by Deborah Hinde

$24.99 incl. GST

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Matariki includes:

  • Repetitive sentence structure: “He pai ki ahau….” (I like the….)
  • Vocabulary for some aspects of Matariki and the Māori culture
  • Singalong CD which turns the book into a catchy song
  • English translation
  • List of activity ideas to make this much more than a fun book to do on the mat!
  • Information about Matariki, the Māori New Year
  • Guitar chords

Curriculum Links for Matariki: 
Tikanga: As well as celebrating the New Year, Matariki is a time to remember those who’ve passed on.
Learning Intention: Communicate about favourite things to do.
Te Whāriki: Links to Strand 2, goal 2: have confidence to express ideas.
Te Aho Arataki Marau: Links to 2.3: communicate about likes and dislikes.

What others say about Matariki:

“My experience as an early childhood teacher is needing great interactive books that focus on relevant themes and can be easily implemented into planning topics. All Sharon’s Te Reo Singalong books offer this. One in particular is Matariki. It’s a book that children can understand, appreciate and even interact with Māori culture. The illustrations are colourful and very attractive, the song is very catchy and my children love this immensely. For me however, there is that underlining importance of whānau, tradition and language. I would recommend any one of these books.” ~ Tawhi Paenga

“The children love each time a new book arrives from Te Reo Singalong. Matariki is definitely a favourite. They love the tune and rhythm of the song, and the story line is something they are familiar with. These books make connections for each child, because they are relevant to them in their world. The children are so focussed, and the repetitive rhyme encourages the children to participate in the story. These books are a rich resource that excites our children and empowers them to learn.” ~ The Team at Colenso Early Childhood Centre, Napier

Sharon Holt Kiwi author Sharon Holt

Find out more about Sharon and the Te Reo Singalong series on Sharon’s author page.


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