Ka kitea a Matariki ka rere te korokoro


This is a traditional proverb or whakatauki signalling the beginning of the Māori New Year.

Ka kitea a Matariki                  When Matariki is seen

Ka rere te korokoro                  The korokoro migrate

“In ancient times Matariki arrived at the end of the harvest and was a time of plenty for our ancestors. The kumara and other root foods had been gathered. The migration of fish such as moki and korokoro made Matariki a time of bountiful catches. Visitors were showered with gifts of specially preserved eel, birds and other delicacies.

Matariki can be translated in two ways – Mata Riki (Tiny eyes) and Mata Ariki (Eyes of God). Either way the eyes are thought to watch over the land and its people.”  (Maori Language Commission, 2015).

A simple waiata to practise the names of the stars of Matariki

Celebrate Matariki and teach yourself this simple waiata  to help you remember the star names of Matariki in Māori. IT is sung to the tune of “Twinkle twinkle little star”. Listen to and view the actions to this waiata at BA Productions website for pronunciation and timing of the kupu or words.

Tirama tirama Matariki                                 Twinkle Twinkle Matariki

me ana [nga] tamariki                                     and her children

Tupuanuku, Tupuarangi,                                 Tupuanuku, Tupuarangi

Waiti, Waita,                                                       Waiti, Waita

Waipunarangi e                                                  Waipunarangi

Ko te pōtiki ko Ururangi.                                   The youngest child is Ururangi.

Books in the Library on Matariki


Hakaraia, L. (2006). Celebrating Matariki.

Hakaraia, L. (2008). Te kāhui o Matariki: Contemporary Māori art of Matariki

Holt, S. (2014) Matariki 

Rolleston-Cummins, T. (2008) The seven stars of Matariki

Architectural Design students work on display

When you visit the library over the next couple of weeks you will be able to view some examples of work from our 2015 Architectural Design students

A requirement of their study is to consult with an existing business, then design and build a piece of furniture/equipment for them.

Information card for multi-level student study nook

We are pleased to have the following four examples on display in the library.

Mondrian inspired display unit






 These items fill a dual need:  partially as functional furniture but also as uplifting works of display art.

Bespoke desk – storage unit


Multilevel student study nook


Mirror image display installation

















These items will be on display for the next four weeks, please come and view them!

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