Monthly Archives: June 2018

Puanga / Matariki Whānau Day 2018

Once again it’s been a busy and exciting time as we celebrate Puanga / Matariki here at Manu. The highlight for us is to celebrate the Māori New Year with a whānau day, this is when we share the kai we have grown, harvested and prepared. This year that included feijoa chutney, guava jelly, mandarin cake, coconut and curry pumpkin soup and lemon poppyseed muffins. Together with the kai shared by whānau this is a real feast and the day gives our whānau a relaxed environment to come together and foster relationships within our community.

We are grateful for the contributions whānau have made to the food bank as we reflect on the wider community.

Sustainability is an integral part of our practice and this has been woven through our learning from using wallpaper, lampshades, and tin cans in creative ways. We have made whetū/stars and manu tukutuku/kites from bamboo sourced at kindergarten. We decorated the nook as a night sky reflecting the stars of Puanga and Matariki which has been a fun place to be for sharing stories and games. Our bins for compost, paper and rubbish reflect this philosophy and we are using old paper to make recycled paper. Coffee grinds scatted in the garden help prepare the soil for planned future planting. Tamariki have represented their whānau by depicting them in drawings, leading onto screen printing for some and these are displayed for all to enjoy. Another focal point is the world map where the tamariki tīpuna / grandparents origins have been mapped, learning about whakapapa/genealogy. All of these contributing to a greater sense of belonging for all.





Visit to the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

In conjunction with learning about Puanga/Matariki we visited the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Our adventure started by catching the city council bus. On arrival at the gallery we met with Chris Barry the classroom educator. Chris took us on a walk through the Len Lye exhibit to the Puanga/Matariki exhibit. Where we examined a sculpture created purely by crossing of sticks. Our tamariki then used ice block sticks to create stars using the same crossing technique in the sculpture. We moved to examine another sculpture created out of carved wood with Chris drawing our attention to the shapes in the design. This time our tamariki experimented with black painted plastic film and a nail to carve star patterns. These were best looked at by holding up to the lights. We then visited the gallery classroom where using clay everyone created their very own taonga pendant to take back to kindergarten to dry.

What a wonderful morning we had exploring the community, learning more about Puanga and Matariki, examining shapes and sculptures and fostering our creativity.

Visit to the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery