Matariki Celebration Tomorrow

Kia ora koutou.

The tradition of celebrating Matariki at Ao Tawhiti began many years ago as a way for our awesome community to come together. It is a time to welcome in the Māori new year with kai, waiata and performances, and for parents/ caregivers to run and take part in workshops, make food, decorate our school and really get involved.
Matariki 2024 will be held on Thursday 27 June, 3-7pm

All students will need to be supervised by their caregivers. If you can’t be there but your child wants to be, please organise for them to be ‘adopted’ by a family as we are not able to provide active supervision organised by Ao Tawhiti. This is strictly an Ao Tawhiti whānau event. We welcome the whole family to come & enjoy this special evening, and reserve the right of entry.

Order of events

2-3pm Set up/ decorate the school

The Junior Kapa Haka and the Matariki choir will be open our celebrations at 3:30. There will be a few performances straight after this and then we will head into workshops.

If you are part of the junior choir, PLEASE WEAR BLACK!

3:30 Opening karakia

Kapa haka, Junior Choir, performances

Approx 4:00 workshops

5:30 Pack up

5:45 Lantern parade

6:00 Meet on the stairs for karakia kai and hangi

7:00 Tidy and home!

Many thanks to the Luckman whānau, who are sponsoring our matariki event this year.