Maui and the fish by Liv
Maui paddled hard in his
The Seven Stars Of Matariki by Asha
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One day Haki woke up early and paddled out to
- whetu where the brothers had fished up the Diamonds, he waited in the kairangi until he felt an almighty bite on the end of his line, Haki heaved it out of the water and as soon as he saw the huge diamond he was enhanced, Haki discovered that the waka made who ever saw them really angry, Haki threw the diamond into the sky, told the god of the night sky ‘ diamonds o te rangi atua ’ that he wanted the diamond never to be seen again except at the start of Maori new year, Haki paddled back to po Kairangi to warn his brothers, When Motu arrived at his haki his brothers were trashing the whare and whare was nothing that Haki’s mama could do about it. their slowly approached his brothers and told them to step outside and throw the six stars into the air, so that's what they did. Haki
And that’s how the seven stars of Matariki came to be!
The 7 stars by Isaac
One day Tataraimaka went out with his
to fish by himself. waka saw 7 fish and he thought that it will be a good lunch so he got out his magic net made from flax. He threw it as hard as he could and he scooped up the 7 fish. He was so pleased that he caught 7 fish. He got out his paddle and all of a sudden his magic net with the 7 fish in it got hauled up into the sky and that is how the 7 stars of Matariki got there. Tataraimaka
The story of Matariki - By Gretel
One day Maui’s six brothers were going on a big fishing trip. Their Koro (Grandfather) gave them each a special stone. He gave the oldest a Ametista (Amethyst), the second oldest a Taimana (Diamond), the third oldest a Peara (Pearl) the fourth oldest a Topaha (Peridot), the fifth oldest a Matangongore (Opal) and the sixth oldest a Tanzanite and gave Maui the tiniest Garnet you could possibly find. Maui had longed to have a stone like his brothers, he knew he had always
earnt how could he use this if he was not going out on a fishing trip with his brothers? He decided to come up with a plan and sneak into the hull of his brothers it but , just before the sun rose and hide there. ‘There they shall not find me as I am hidden and when they anchor the boat I shall surprise them by coming out.’ He thought to himself. waka
up late in his Maui stayed carving a fish whare planning to take the next morning. He created the fishhook using his grandmother’s jaw. He woke up the next morning feeling excited and nervous. He crept down to the hook he was and climbed in carefully making sure not to move it an inch. He reached into his pocket he made sure he had his hook. Feeling exhausted because he had not had much sleep in the night he lay down to rest. waka
He woke up to the sound of water lapping against the boat. He now knew that they were out in the open sea. When he heard the sound of the
unraveling, because the anchor was going rope started to feel more and more excited he was about to catch his first fish. He heard his eldest brother call out to everyone “Bait your lines up, and throw them overboard, ready to catch some Fish” down he
“Okay” was the reply from all the brothers, perfectly
He knew his brothers had all turned away when he felt the boat wobbling a bit side to side. He knew this was the time to come out and show himself. He crawled out of the hull, making a bit of a noise as he did. This caused all his brothers to turn around, when they saw
all just stared in amazement. Then finally the eldest brother asked “How are you here?” him they
“You wouldn’t let me come so I decided to come secretly. I bought my birthstone as a lucky charm.” He replied.
The brothers stared at him again, then they looked down to where
there stones were.
Maui then asked his brothers how many fish they had caught? They all looked at each other with a sullen look on
there faces. One of them spoke up and said “None.” The brothers all looked sheepish and annoyed though Maui knew why they had caught no Fish.
“Get your lines baited up and throw them overboard while I sing a special song” Maui ordered his brothers.
The brothers looked at him as if he was stupid, but they did as they were told. One by one they baited their own lines. Maui began to sing as the first brother threw his line overboard. Immediately the fish began tugging at the lines and in less than 5 minutes they had a whole boat full of Fish.
The brothers thought they were
done but then Maui produced his fish hook and said “Now it is my turn to fish” “Do you have any bait I could use?”
“No, it’s not like you are going to catch anything with that fish hook” The brothers said meanly.
Maui did not like his
brothers speaking to him like this so he decided to cut a big scrape in his leg, using the blood to attract fish.
Maui threw his line overboard far away from the boat, and began to sing again. Then suddenly a pull of the rope made his hand jerk because he was holding onto the line. Maui immediately got onto his knees and started pulling, the brothers just stared in amazement.
Maui just tugged and tugged and tugged. Finally Maui saw a big black shadow loom around them, Maui loosened the grip on the rope because the fish was now coming up on its own, its mouth was open wide and Maui knew what he was aiming for. The boat.
Brothers” he shouted. “The Fish I have pulled up is going to eat the boat, we will sacrifice ourselves but not our stones” he yelled. “Just before the fish swallows the boat throw your birthstone up in the air!”
And with that they all threw their stones into the air just before the boat got swallowed.
We now know these 7 stones as the 7 stars of Matariki. Their names are Ametista, Taimana,
Peara, Topaha, Matangongore, Tanzanite, and a Garnet for Maui. We see these stars once a year in between May and July.
There are around 500 stars, but only 7 are visible. Maori used these stars to navigate their way round the vast and open ocean.
This is my way of telling the myth of Matariki and also the giant fish.
Maui and the fish by Hugo W
Maui’s brothers said, “you’re too young to fish.”
Maui was sad and really wanted to go fishing with his six
brothers, so he decided to make a fishing line out of flax, it was a magical fishing line. He hid in the boat when they went out to fish in the morning.
The brothers were complaining about how heavy the boat was. Maui knew that they were far from land so he jumped out of his hiding place.
“You trickster.” said one of his brothers.
Maui got out his fishing line and threw it out as far as he could into the sea. He could see the black outline of the fish, it began to rise up slowly.
They caught the world.