What better way to celebrate Matariki than with a delicious, nutritious vegetable soup...
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For Matariki celebrations Kidsfirst Hawea invited everyone to ‘come join us’ for a winter warming vegetable soup at lunch time.
Matariki is a time to celebrate the Māori New Year. It is also a time of harvest and to plant new crops for the coming year. The association of Matariki with crops has given rise to the saying:
‘Matariki ahunga nui’ - Matariki provider of plentiful food.
“We certainly had plentiful food,” says Head Teacher, Annie Davies. “A kai basket placed out for contributions of vegetables received very generous koha (gifts) from our whānau.”
While preparing the vegetables at the kai table there were many offers of help and a group of children quickly rolled up their sleeves to join in.
“It was fun to work alongside others on this purposeful task of peeling and chopping vegetables,” says Annie. “We added onion, kumara, carrots, garlic, pumpkin, cauliflower, parsley, garlic and parsnip to the pot."
“Everyone enjoyed the delicious, nutritious soup with several children requesting multiple helpings!”
Matariki is also a time to celebrate new beginnings.
For Kidsfirst Hawea, the community get together was the perfect opportunity to gratefully acknowledge their brand new outdoor blinds, with the Parent Committee President cutting the ribbon.
“We are hugely appreciative of the hard work that made these blinds possible and that will allow us to utilise more space in all kinds of weather,” says Annie.
It’s fantastic to see all of the different ways Kidsfirst kindergartens observe this truly unique New Zealand celebration.
Matariki is a time for whānau to come together to reflect on their relationships, to remember their Whakapapa (ancestors) and to celebrate being part of the collective (whanaungatanga).
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