I am a student at Tawa Intermediate School, Wellington, NZ. I am in Room 13 and a member of the amazing Pouakai Syndicate. My teacher is Ms Tito.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Matariki Panels

Do you know what Matariki is?  Do you celebrate it? Well in room 13 we definitely do!  Matariki is a cluster of seven stars that rises at the end of may or start of June. Matariki is the Maori new  year and it is to remember those who died in the last year, and it is about new beginnings.

In room 13 we made matariki panels. A matariki panel is a long board split into three sections, the first section, our design had to base around new growth, our second section had to be about you and what is important to us, our last section had to b e about matariki.

To make our panel's we first painted them black with Indian ink, then we had to put masking tape on them, i thought that was the longest bit. We then drew our designs on top of the masking tape, then using a crafting  knife we cut out our designs. Next we painted them and my favourite bit was riping the masking tape off when they dried I peeled them of with Ruby.

My first section is two  purple korus with a new growth symbol in the middle. For my middle section I have two korus to represent my parents and the five little korus on one of them is to represent the children in my family. Finally the last section has seven stars to show the stars of matariki.

I have really enjoyed doing these panels and learning more on on matariki, if I did it again I would be more careful with my cutting.

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