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The Seven kites of Matariki

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The seven kites of Matariki – Written by Calico McClintock & Dominique Ford

A new myth telling how the stars were formed in the Matariki cluster.

It was deep mid-winter and all through the village preparations were being made to farewell the old year and greet the new. For the first time ever, the seventh little sister, Ururangi, was big enough to make her own celebration kite. But when the seven sisters take the finished kites to fly them, the east wind whips them all away into the sky … where they now appear as the stars of Matariki to welcome the Maori new year.

Format: This book is a Paper back.

Language: This book is written in English.

The reo Māori version is also available here: Ngā manu tukutuku e whitu o Matariki

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Potential themes within this story:

  • Matariki/The Maori new year
  • Stars
  • Sky
  • Whānau
  • Family traditions and celebrations
  • Manu tukutuku (Māori Kites)
  • Natural resources
  • Māori myth/story
  • Sisters


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