Over the past few weeks, students at Somerville Intermediate have been learning about Mānawatia a Matariki and delving into our rich cultural heritage as New Zealanders.

Each Whānau and classroom has engaged in this learning in various ways through the learning of te reo māori, learning about tikanga (protocols), reading/writing about the rich myths surrounding Matariki and engaging in opportunities to build Manu tukutuku (kites) or create art.

On Thursday, our learning and celebrations culminated in an opportunity for students to fly their Manu tukutuku (a tradition that marks the beginning of Mānawatia a Matariki) and many students opted to purchase and enjoy some delicious kai with our hotdog lunch (based on the tradition of sharing food with whānau and friends). We are very proud of our tauira and their passion and participation in marking the beginning of Mānawatia a Matariki.