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Brief summary

In this webinar series, as we approach July 14 and the start of the Matariki new year, Donna Tamariki speaks to Brianne Te Paa, the author of the award-winning children's book How My Koro Became a Star/ Kua Whetūrangitia a Koro, and its significance to her and Matariki.

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Brianne Te Paa

Ngāti Kahu, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki and Te Whānau-a-Apanui), is an Assistant Principal at Kaipara College. She has a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma in Te Pīnakitanga ki Te Reo Kairangi.

Brianne is the author of the award-winning children's book How My Koro Became a Star/ Kua Whetūrangitia a Koro, available in both English and Te Reo Māori.

Her book tells the story of a young boy who learns about the customs around celebrating Matariki from his Koro (grandfather). They watch the stars from the top of a mountain, prepare their offering of food for the gods, and the boy learns about Te Waka o Rangi and the tradition of calling out the names of loved ones who have passed away so that they can become stars. Just before Matariki the following year, the boy's Koro suddenly dies.

He gathers and prepares the food offering, just as his Koro taught him the previous Matariki and asks each family member to come with him up the mountain but they all make excuses, leaving him disheartened. When he tells them what Koro taught him, they all climb the mountain before sunrise, follow the rituals Koro carried out and call out Koro's name so that he can become a star.

Brianne will share with us what inspired her to write this book and what Matariki means to her before doing a reading of 'How My Koro Became A Star' and concluding with a Q & A session.

Brianne is passionate about learning and has always enjoyed writing poetry and short stories as a creative outlet.

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