Matariki day was really fun, to start off we had a maori dance group come to Parkvale school and perform for us. They sung for us, danced for us, told us some stories that had been passed on from generation to generation and also some maori games.
My favourite activity that I did on Matariki day was making poi with Whaea Emma in Room ten. The first thing that we did was how to plait with four pieces of wool. There was twelve pieces of wool in each group and because we were plaiting with four we had to split them up into groups of four. There was three people in the group. Each person had to do something. I did the plaiting with Hugh while Jacob held the bottom to keep it in place. Then we started plaiting. When we had got to the length that we wanted it at, we tied it up and then helped all of the other people plait before we moved onto our next step. After everyone had finished plaiting we started making the bottom of the poi. First we had to get some stuffing and roll it into a ball and put the plait into the middle of the ball of stuffing. Then we got a small plastic bag and put the stuffing ball with the plait in it into the plastic bag and wrapped it until it was tight and then we pulled up all of the other bits and then tie up all with string around the top of the ball of stuffing and pulled tight. Then we cut all of the other plastic bag and our pois were done.
How to plait with four is to sit with two people facing each other. Then split the wool into four each part then each person needs to grab two. Next you cross them over diagonally and grab then do it on the the side diagonally and then keep repeating. Once you get to the length you want it, you needs to grab both of the your two and the other persons two and so you should have two equal parts. Now tie them up into a strong knot and then connect it to the bottom of the poi.