Wednesday, 27 June 2018


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Te Marama Tamatea-ā-iō (aka first quarter phase of the moon or waxing half-moon). Image courtesy of Dayne Laird</p>  Matariki, Taumata-kuku, Puanga, and Takarua all in view taken from Owairaka (Mt Albert) in July 2013<p class="detail-small">Image courtesy of Dayne Laird</p> Image of Pleiades (Matariki) star cluster. This is a NASA image so the actual appearance will be different<p class="detail-small">Wikipedia image with editing from Dayne Laird</p>

What is Matariki?

Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in mid-winter and for many Māori, it heralds the start of a new year.
Matariki literally means the ‘eyes of god’ (mata ariki) or ‘little eyes’ (mata riki). According to myth, when Ranginui, the sky father, and Papatūānuku, the earth mother, were separated by their children, the god of the winds, Tāwhirimātea, became so angry that he tore out his eyes and threw them into the heavens.
Traditionally, it was a time for remembering the dead, and celebrating new life. In the 21st century, observing Matariki has become popular again. Kites, hot-air balloons and fireworks help mark the occasion. 

Friday, 8 June 2018

Sāmoan Language Week – Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa

Alofa atu nei, alofa mai taeao 
Kindness given, kindness gained

Kindness is the resounding theme for this year's Samoan Language Week, which celebrates the third most spoken language in New Zealand. 
At the heart of the relationships our staff at Homai build with our families trust and kindness. This years theme reflects what we have been building and that is strong relationships founded on trust and kindness with our community. This started with our Junior sleepover.  Reaching out to our Samoan community to be involved in the Samoan Language week was another great opportunity to share a great event!

The week started with the "Raising of the flag"


"Events for the Samoa Language Week 2018"

The Samoa Expo

Weaving with Nana Penny

Our mothers weaving

Valu Popo




Valu Popo with our Senior Students

Valu Talo

Tattoo and Carving


Eating Time

Samoan Craft

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