Celebrating Matariki: How to make star toast

Celebrating Matariki with Star-Shaped Toast

Matariki is a celebration in the New Zealand calendar that marks the beginning of the Māori New Year. Signified by the Matariki cluster of stars that can be spotted reappearing in the sky, it’s a time for reflection on the year that has passed and reconnecting with family and loved ones.  It’s also a time to contemplate our connection with Taiao (the natural world) and appreciate its importance in providing us with an abundance of food and beautiful wildlife and amazing natural places.

If you’re gathering with family and loved ones for a Matariki meal this year, these star cutters are a fun and interactive way to involve and engage with our littlest members! Perfect for making star shaped toast, encourage your tamariki (children) to get creative, using nut butters, jam, honey and fresh fruit as toppings.

1. Gather Your Loved Ones

Participating in Matariki activities with your family and friends is a beautiful way to celebrate this special occasion. Celebrate Matariki by gathering your loved ones and preparing a delicious feast of star shaped toast for breakfast!

2. Make Your Stars

Using a star shaped cutter, press into a slice of toast to create a star shape. You can find these star cutters on our website. Donate $10 to support Forest & Bird through our online shopand receive a Matariki star cutter. Click here for more info.

3. Get Creative

Spread your favourite nut butter, locally grown fruit jam or NZ honey over your slice of star toast. Top with banana, freeze-dried raspberries or dark chocolate for something little extra special!

4. Give Thanks for the Year That’s Passed

Matariki is a special time for reflection and reconnecting with loved ones throughout New Zealand. Involving tamariki (children) in Matariki-inspired activities helps to create wonderful memories and an opportunity to give thanks to the year that has passed.

Photography by Lara Dixon

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