Celebrating Matariki. Our list of must-read Matariki Books.

Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in mid-winter – late May or early June. For many Māori, it heralds the start of a new year.

Matariki Non-Fiction

Together in love : a legend of Matariki by Xoë Hall

The loving embrace of Ranginui and Papatuanuku keeps the land in darkness. When their children discover there is light beyond their parents love, chaos is unleashed. This creates the stars of Matariki. 

He Aroha Pumau Tetahi Ki Tetahi: He Korero Mo Matariki by Xoë Hall

Ka po te ao i roto i te kauawhi o Ranginui me Papatuanuku. Ina puta te mohio ki a raua tamariki he maramatanga kei waho i te aroha nui o o raua matua ki a raua ano, ka wehe te ao, a, ka puta ko Matariki.

Matariki by Sharon Holt

This Te Reo Singalong series follows a family through their Matariki celebrations. Each Te Reo Singalong book includes a song CD, English translation, guitar chords and extension ideas. This book also includes information about Matariki.

Matariki : the Maori New Year by Libby Hakaraia

Matariki marks the beginning of the Māori calendar. It was used as a guide to planting and harvesting and was studied by tohunga. It told whether the food-gathering season would be plentiful or lean.

Celebrating Matariki by Libby Hakaraia

Celebrating Matariki explains what Matariki is. It shows where and when the constellation can be seen and  the importance of Matariki in Maori culture. The book includes 10 Matariki-related activities for children to try. 

Matariki Picture Books

Daniel's Matariki feast by Rebecca Beyer

Starting something new is always difficult. How will Daniel fit in? Luckily for him Matariki is a time of sharing and new beginnings.

The seven kites of Matariki by Calico McClintock

A fictional retelling of the traditional Matariki story.

Te Huihui o Matariki by Toni Rolleston-Cummins

Mitai's seven handsome brothers are bewitched by seven beautiful women. He seeks advice and learns that the women are patupaiarehe. They are given to Urutengangana, the god of the stars, who places them in the far away heavens. Yet once a year he allows them to shine in the Eastern sky. A contemporary myth of love, magic, and adventure that celebrates Matariki.

Matariki by Melanie Drewery

A family celebrate the Māori New Year and talk about what Matariki means to different people. 

Tā Daniel hākari matariki by Rebecca Beyer

Starting something new is always difficult. How will Daniel fit in? Luckily for him Matariki is a time of sharing and new beginnings.

Ngā manu tukutuku e whitu o Matariki of Matariki by Calico McClintock

A fictional retelling of the traditional Matariki story.

The Seven Stars of Matatriki by Toni Rolleston-Cummins

Mitai's seven handsome brothers are bewitched by seven beautiful women. He seeks advice and learns that the women are patupaiarehe. They are given to Urutengangana, the god of the stars, who places them in the far away heavens. Yet once a year he allows them to shine in the Eastern sky. A contemporary myth of love, magic, and adventure that celebrates Matariki.

The little Kiwi's Matariki by Nikki Slade-Robinson

Can you feel it coming? The little kiwi knows a special time of year is almost here. But will she wake up her friends in time?

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