Matariki at the Library
On Friday 17 June 2016, we had a special quest speaker come to the library to talk about Matariki. Frank Andrews and Antony Gomez from the Wellington Astrological Society came to the library to talk about the Matariki Stars.
Frank used the project to show different photographs of the Matariki constellation and individual stars. These photos had been enlarged so that we could see the stars. Frank also explained the Maori legends of Matariki and why it was important to the Maori people.
Library staff ran a quick craft while Frank and Antony set up telescopes for everyone to view the moon and stars.
The children had to complete the Matariki constellation by using marshmallows as stars and toothpicks to join the constellation together. Once the craft was completed and the marshmallows eaten, everyone headed outside to view the night sky through the two large telescopes.
To end Matariki properly, the library gave small cups of kumara chips to the children, to symbolize the connection of Matariki and the Maori people growing food such as kumaras.