NGĀ TOHU O TE TAU HOU  SIGNS OF THE MĀORI NEW YEAR
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This educational programme will assist students and teachers in developing their understanding of the Signs of the Māori year. There are many signs of the Māori new year that our tipuna once used, which we can still use today, such as recognising the winter solstice or Takanga o te Rā, as well as seeing Matariki rising pre dawn.

The programme contains a booklet for each student with localised learning to Ngāti Kahungunu within Te Matau a Māui (Hawkes Bay). It also comes with a booklet for the teacher on how to teach the resource providing answers for the lessons and activities. This resource aligns with both the Māori and National curriculums (Te Marautanga o Aotearoa). The programme and booklet can be delivered in English or Te Reo Māori.

Outcomes

  • Students will be able to Identify and explain the signs of the Māori new year

  • Describe the seasons, connections and changes of Tamanuiterā (Sun), and links with seasonal changes and traditional knowledge about Te Rā (Sun), Papatūānuku (Earth), and how the Ātea a Rangi is used in traditional celestial navigation

  • Analyse information about the star clusters, the significant stars for this period of the year

Contact msmith@atea.nz  for more information