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Article  •  29 June 2023


Books for Matariki

Looking for some books about Matariki to share with your family?

Looking for some books about Matariki to share with your whanau?

The Astromancer Witi Ihimaera, Isobel Joy Te Aho-White

A lively story with stunning illustrations that reveals the tradition of Matariki, from beloved literary statesman Witi Ihimaera and rising creative star Isobel Joy Te Aho-White.

This is the story of a dramatic attack and a battle of wills, woven around details of the Maori lunar calendar -  The Astromancer is great for primary school kids and for whanau looking for books to read together.

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Te Kokorangi Witi Ihimaera, Isobel Joy Te Aho-White

E kimi ana a Te Kokorangi i etahi pia hou tokowha hei ako i nga korero o Matariki me te maramataka. Kowhiria ana etahi tama tokotoru, me tetahi kotiro, he pani, ko Aria te ingoa. Tohe ana a Aria kia haere ano ko tana kuri haunga i tona taha. Ka ahua hoha a Aria i nga akoranga, kaore hoki ia e pai kia tohutohungia ia.

Engari kua noho morearea te iwi. Taihoa pea ratou ka tino raru i a Ruatapu Te Pukurua. Ae ranei ma Aria ano te iwi e whakaora?

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Matariki Gavin Bishop

An absolutely visually stunning bilingual board book explaining the meaning of each Matariki star, with beautiful artwork by talented, award-winning children’s book creator, Gavin Bishop.

A vital book for all of Aotearoa, sharing knowledge about this important part of te ao Maori makes Matariki perfect for tamariki aged 0-5 years.

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Wawata - Moon Dreaming Dr Hinemoa Elder

Dr Hinemoa Elder, author of Aroha, New Zealand's top-selling non-fiction title of 2021, shows us how to reclaim intimacy with others, with ourselves, and with our planet using the energies of Hina, the Maori moon.

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Matariki The Maori New Year Libby Hakaraia

This book is an introduction to the star group Matariki. Known in other cultures by names including the Pleiades and the Seven Sisters, Matariki marks the beginning of the Maori calendar, and its rising before the sun in late May or early June was greeted with great festivals. 

For those who wish to, there are suggestions on how to celebrate this Maori New Year - and, most importantly, a guide to finding Matariki in the night sky.

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