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Toni 14th May 2020 Activites Assisiant
Hi All,
I was wondering for those in New Zealand how would you focus on Matariki?
Our manager would us to focus on it but i dont really know a lot about it .any ideas welcome Thanks ,
Susan 15th May 2020 Activity Director
Hi Toni
I am not from New Zealand but from what I know Matariki is celebrated in June
It is a family celebration remembering those who have passed and somehow relating this to the stars
It also features music song and dance.
You could ask the residents and family members what they want to do and how they want to celebrate
You could do an arts and crafts project featuring stars either drawing them or coloring them Or using star stickers
Let us know what you decide to do
Sharon 6th Jul 2020
Matariki the Māori New Year, is rich with tradition. Discover the importance of Matariki, and explore ways that you can celebrate the Māori New Year with your family. Matariki is officially celebrated on 13 July 2020.
Susan 6th Jul 2020 Activity Director
Thank you for this information Sharon I’m sure will be quite useful
Solange 7th Jul 2020 Diversional Therapist
Thank you Sharon, we will take note of this information.
Activities@ 13th Jun 2023 Activities
There are quite a few resources if you do a Google search and printable posters etc. Last year we did some wall displays with information about what Matariki is so the residents, staff and families could learn about it. We also used star buntings which looked lovely. This year, we plan to make a Korowai getting residents to paint the feathers using a template from Golden Carers ( look at the Waitangi Day resources on GC). My colleague also suggested hanging cardboard stars from the ceiling and putting the name of each Matariki star on it, she does this at home with her children.
Arvida 15th Jun 2023 Wellness Leaders
This year Matariki is on Friday 14th July 2023,
We are having a display on both of our notice boards informing the residents about Matariki and why we celebrate it. We are also making fry bread with the residents and having a Hangi for lunch. For an activity we are printing off stars with a Maori design and colouring in then we will displaying the residents art work. Google search has a lot of info to help make it a special day for our residents.
KINGSWOOD 23rd May 2024
There's a really cool idea for primary schools where several people colour in parts of a whare tapa wha and piece them together to make a beautiful mosaic one
Susan 29th May 2024 Activity Director
Hi Kingswood
Thank you for this good idea

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