Auckland Libraries: Matariki stories for tamariki

Matariki stories for tamariki

A selection of Māori titles for tamariki chosen to illuminate Matariki, the Māori New Year. These books include bilingual and books written in te reo Māori as well as English.

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Celebrating Matariki

Jill MacGregor

Book

Tamarau and his friends share some ideas and activities to celebrate the season of Matariki in the classroom.

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The little kiwi's Matariki

Nikki Slade-Robinson

Picture book

This gentle tale about celebrating Matariki, the Māori New Year, finishes with an explanation of Matariki - it's origins, traditions and how it is celebrated today. The text contains some simple words in te reo Māori alongside English.

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The promise of Puanga

Kirsty Wadsworth

Picture book

There is a bright new star in the winter sky - Puanga, cousin to the Matariki sisters. Each year, she appears to the people of Aotearoa, a special sign (for those unable to see Matariki) that winter and the Māori New Year are coming.

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Te kī taurangi a puanga

Kirsty Wadsworth

Picture book

There is a bright new star in the winter sky - Puanga, cousin to the Matariki sisters. Each year, she appears to the people of Aotearoa, a special sign (for those unable to see Matariki) that winter and the Māori New Year are coming. In te reo Māori.

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Daniel's Matariki feast

Rebecca (Children's librarian) author....

Picture book

Daniel is nervous on his first day at school but through the class activities that mark the Matariki Festival he learns that it is a time of sharing and beginning new friendships. He learns the true importance of Māori New Year.

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Tā Daniel Hākari Matariki

Rebecca (Children's librarian) author....

Picture book

He uaua tonu te kokiri ki ro kaupapa hou. Me pewhea a Daniel e uru atu? Tona maringa nui kua tae ki te wa o Matariki, he timatanga hou.

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The stolen stars of Matariki

Miriama Kamo

Picture book

Someone has stolen some stars from the sky. And then the patupaiarehe come out to play on the beach. Can Sam and Te Rerehua rescue the Matariki stars?

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Ngā whetū Matariki whānakotia

Miriama Kamo

Picture book

Someone has stolen some stars from the sky. And then the patupaiarehe come out to play on the beach. Can Sam and Te Rerehua rescue the Matariki stars? In te reo Māori.

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Twinkle, twinkle little eyes

Ann 1968- author. Dickson

Picture book

A little girl shows us what she does for Matariki (New Year): take action, remember those who came before and share food. Written in the style of 'Twinkle twinkle little star.'

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Tawhirimātea

June Pitman-Hayes

Picture book

Sing a long to this catchy Maratiki song celebrating Earth, sky, seasons and whānau. It's our very own Aotearoa, from forest to seashore, dawn light to starry night.

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He whakataki whetū

Jenny Davis

Book

Uses a story format to teach kids key messages about road safety including, helmets on tight; look out for driveways; seat yourself right, buckle in tight, stop look; listen and think. Set against the story backdrop of a family celebrating Matariki.

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The seven kites of Matariki

Calico McClintock

Picture book

A fictional retelling of the traditional Matariki story.

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Ngā manu tukutuku e whitu o Matariki

Calico McClintock

Picture book

A fictional retelling of the traditional Matariki story. In te reo Māori.

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Matariki

Sharon Holt

Picture book

The song follows a family through their Matariki celebrations over the course of a day. As the evening draws in, the children create their own stars using sparklers.

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Twinkle, twinkle Matariki

Rebecca Larsen

Picture book

Pukeko, Kiwi and Hoiho want to fly very high. Join them as they blast off to explore the nine stars of Matariki. In English with some Māori phrases. Also includes song text in te reo Māori.

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