Today we celebrated Matariki (the maori new year) with our Buddy Class LC3. We made kites and stars.
In late May, the constellation of stars known as Matariki
rises approximately half an hour before the sun. Approaching the shortest day
of the year in the Southern Hemisphere, Matariki marks the time when the sun,
drifting north, turns around when it reaches Matariki and starts moving south
again. In Māori mythology Matariki and her six daughters assisted Ra (the sun)
whose winter journey from the North left him weakened. Traditionally, a
look-out was posted to watch for the rise of Matariki.