Who wrote the Matariki song?
Singer/songwriter June Pitman-Hayes wrote this waiata for the children at the Montessori School where she was teaching music. With its delightful, lyrical melody, it warmly weaves together aspects of Māori mythology with the seasons, as a family welcomes Matariki.
What does waita mean Matariki?
Waita is a twin to Waitī, shining on sources of salt water and protecting all life sustained within it. Waita calls us to protect the treasures of our coasts and oceans. Waipunā-ā-rāngi represents life-giving rain in all its forms, rain, hail and snow.
What is the meaning of Waipunarangi?
water that pools in the sky
Waipunarangi (Electra) is the star that is connected to the rains and other atmospheric conditions. The meaning of Waipunarangi is ‘water that pools in the sky.
Does Matariki have 7 or 9 stars?
There are nine stars in the Greek tradition of the constellation: seven children and their parents. In the Māori tradition, there are also nine stars: Matariki (Alcyone) – the mother of the other stars in the constellation.
What does Hiwa-i-te-Rangi do?
The role of Hiwa-i-te-rangi is to shine (to pīata), and provide a light and motivation to step into the unknown. She helps us navigate these signs to move forward. Hiwa-i-te-rangi represents our aspirations for a prosperous season ahead (Matamua, 2017).
Are there 7 or 9 stars in Matariki?
It is another common misconception that Matariki is seven sisters. There are nine stars in the Greek tradition of the constellation: seven children and their parents. In the Māori tradition, there are also nine stars: Matariki (Alcyone) – the mother of the other stars in the constellation.
Is Hiwa-i-te-Rangi a girl?
This formation of the cross-stitch has been used to represent either Hiwa-i-te-rangi on her own or as the entire matariki constellation and its nine stars. The image of the wāhine (woman) is our interpretation of Hiwa, drawn within a taimana (diamond) which again is in reference to a star.
What does pohutukawa mean in Matariki?
Pohutukawa is the star that connects Matariki to the deceased and is the reason people would cry out the names of the dead and weep when Matariki was seen rising in the early morning.” It is through Pohutukawa that Māori remember those who have died in the past year.
What does Hiwa-i-te-Rangi?
Hiwa-i-te-rangi is the youngest whetū of the Matariki cluster, and is connected to the promise of a prosperous season. “Hiwa” means “vigorous of growth” and “I te rangi” means “in the sky”.
How is Matariki celebrated at home?
How to celebrate Matariki at home Me pēhea te whakanui i a Matariki i te kāinga
- Enjoy a mid-winter feast with friends and whānau.
- Light a candle.
- Write down your hopes, dreams, and aspirations for the year ahead.
- Go outside!
- Play games and tell stories.
- Organise a neighbourhood ritual.
What does Hiwa i te Rangi do?
What does waipuna a Rangi do?
Waipuna-ā-rangi welcomes the winter sky waters in all their forms – ua (rain) ua nganga (hail) and hukarere (snow) included. She sees how these waters contribute to the healthy cycle of our earth, and also, the effects when they don’t arrive as required.
Is there 7 or 9 stars in Matariki?
What does the star Hiwa-i-te-Rangi mean?
Are Waiti and waita twins?
Waitī and Waitā are Matariki’s twins. Papatūānuku knew that they would be able to care for the smallest and fastest of creatures – because they too know about being a team. When insects work together, they can they can do amazing things.