Celebrating Matariki at ECLC

The Early Childhood Learning Centre (ECLC) celebrated Matariki on Monday night with children and families.

170630-ECLC MatarikiSome 40 people were treated to a dinner of roast meats, vegetables and warm pumpkin soup. Before dinner, a video CD of the Matariki story was played for the children and whānau, relating the Matariki story.

Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in mid-winter – late May or early June. For many Māori, it heralds the start of a new year.

170630-ECLC Matariki1For the ECLC community, it was a good time of gathering, feasting and enjoying one another’s company. It was a heart-warming way to spend a cold evening.

Thank you to all families who joined us for the special dinner, and to all staff who prepared the delicious food for all to enjoy.

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