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Thursday 21st june 2018
Ko te Rāpare Ko tēnei ra te rua tekau ma tahi O pipiri
Term 2 ~ Week 8 ~ 2018


Kupu o te wiki

He ika haehae kupenga: stirrer / troublemaker

He ika haehae kupenga ia! 
He’s such a stirrer!

This whakataukī means “A fish that tears the net.” It is in reference to someone who stirs up trouble or complains.

Kupu o te ra

whaikōrero: to make a speech, main speech

whaikōrero ana te koroua.
The elderly man is making a speech.
- this is an example of an active sentence

Kei te whakarongo au ki te whaikōrero.
I am listening to the main speech.
- this is an example of an active sentence


Matariki the Maori New Year – 2018 

Matariki, the Maori New Year, is rich with tradition. Discover the importance of Matariki, and explore ways that you can celebrate the Maori New Year with your family.  Matariki is officially celebrated on 15 June 2018.

What is Matariki the Maori New Year?

What does Matariki mean?

Matariki has two meanings, both of which refer to the cluster of stars. Mata Riki means Tiny Eyes, and Mata Ariki means Eyes of God.

To learn more about the story of the Eyes of God, check out this awesome animation by Atawhai Tibble. 

This video was made for Year 1 students, although it’s still quite haunting. The original story from the people of Ngai Tuhoe has Tawhirimatea ripping his eyes out and throwing them to the heavens. In this version he uses his tears: Click and Listen to The story of Matariki

When is Matariki celebrated?

Matariki begins to rise in the last few days of May, and this symbolises the coming of the Maori New Year. Some iwi, or tribes, start celebrations when Matariki is first seen, however it is the first new moon after Matariki that officially signals the Maori New Year. Some people celebrate the New Year on the day the new moon rises, and others celebrate on the day after the new moon. Celebrations can last up to 3 days.

The Matariki new moon happens sometime in June.

Upcoming dates:

In 2019, Matariki will begin on 10 June.



As part of our Quiz Night Fundraiser, we are arranging a grocery hamper to raffle. 
Parentlink would love it if you could help out by bringing along one non-perishable grocery item, to school.
Delivery required between Monday 18 June – Friday 22 June.

Look for the plastic donation box in each class (please DO NOT take to the school office)  We have arranged a theme for each classroom – see your class list that contains the type of item we would like, to ensure we get a wide variety of items. 
*A super big ‘thank you’ for helping to make this a great fundraiser*

Picture Books:
Room on our rock                           by Kate Temple
Bobby : the littlest war hero          by Glyn Harper
Go Go and the silver shoes           by Jane Godwin
Unplugged                                       by Steve Anthony
The hole                                           by Kerry Brown
Valdemar's peas                             by Maria Jonsson

Fiction:  Book of the week:                 The impossible boy                                           by Leonie Agnew                Clan of the wolves                                      by Jo Sandhu
The exile                                                       by Jo Sandhu              
Fizz and the dog academy rescue             by  Lesley Gibbes

Fiction - Senior:  
Serafina and the twisted staff                   by Robert Beatty

Fiction - Series:   
Thea Stilton and the legend of the fire flowers         by Thea Stilton
The stone of fire                                                              by Geronimo Stilton

Non Fiction:
Where's Wally now:in Hollywood (793.73)                  by Martin Handford


Duty teachers

First half: Mrs Bassett and Mrs Leggett
Second half: Caroline and Mrs McCarthy 


  • No wrappers outside at morning tea time 
  • No running around corners


Week 9 Show in the hall - Māna - Spirit of Polynesia - Tuesday 26th June.                          Union Meeting for NZEI staff, school finishes at 12:30pm - Wednesday 27th June.