Warrington School/Sustainable Education
Matariki - Warrington style
- Using toi toi (pampas grass)  instead of Willow withies and old sewing patterns instead of tissue paper make lanterns with parent helpers and pupils.
- On the best night weather wise around the official Matariki or mid winter, pupils, families and community members meet at the four corners of the village at 7pm.
- Begin the walk towards the school with lanterns, noise making equipment and repeating chant/song. (15 minutes)
Parade onto the playing courts. Continue with chant and noise making. At a given signal (lots of drumming) all stop and place lanterns on the ground. Children move into their starting positions for a floodlit performance of their Kaupapa Maori items.(15 minutes)
- At the conclusion children disappear to play with torches in the shadows of the trees and at the edge of the school playing area while parents chat over tea and cake.
- As parents depart with their children and they collect lanterns to store at home.
- School cleaned up and gear put away by 8.30.
- Safety stuff - lanterns need prior check at school for candle wobble, loose paper and wired on stick strength.
- Children encouraged to wear wool, cotton outer garments.
- Children to carry lanterns at arms length in front of them and told about the stop drop and roll procedures. 
- If a lantern catches on fire place it on the ground, stand back and watch it burst into flames. At the completion of its combustion all nearby are to clap.
- At completion of the pupil's performance adults to snuff out candles so children are not tempted to play with the lantern
Equipment - lanterns, parents plate of supper, tea/coffee etc, floodlight, safety extension cords, torches, matches, water bottles, musical equipment for performance and walk
We also combine our Matariki week with a beach clean-up. Collecting washed up junk found on our almost pristine beach that we put into plastic shopping bags and place in or besides the council rubbish bins.