Matariki cluster celebration.
Matariki, the Māori New Year, is a time to celebrate new beginnings and to acknowledge the past while we look to the future. It's also a great opportunity to bring people together and to learn more about our cultural heritage.
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As part of their Matariki cluster celebrations tamariki from Kidsfirst Hei Hei, Hornby and Wigram, alongside local schools Hornby Primary and St Bernadette’s, performed on stage for whānau and friends at Hornby Primary School.
"We had a fantastic night,” says Teacher, Niki Maritz. “There was a good crowd, all of the children participated really well and teachers from Kidsfirst Broomfield came along to show their support. The whole community brought along kai for a big feast after the show, with lots of time to connect and chat.”
Niki described a really special moment when a child from Hornby Primary, who is a past student at Kidsfirst Hei Hei, stood up and spoke fluent te reo to give a pepeha.
“My vision was to bring our community of learners together for a wonderful celebration and that’s just what we got, we felt so proud of everyone. We couldn’t have done it without the participation and support of all the kindergartens and schools, so thank you.”
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