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Happy Matariki

June 20, 2015

Pleiades1aA happy Matariki to you!  Sure, the weather might be dreadful, but under all that rain cloud, the Pleiades (Matariki) star cluster became visible on 18 June, and festivities continue for a while.

If you’d like to know more about the Maori New Year celebration, have a look on the NZ Ministry for Culture & Heritage site here

And if you would like some ideas of how to celebrate, KiwiFamilies has some good ideas too, such as:

  • Make Matariki a time when the whole family gets together to feast and give thanks. It may be a nice opportunity to explore traditional Maori food like hangi and rewena (Maori bread).
  • Spend a night sleeping under the stars (or under a tent!), and tell your own family stories. You may want to talk about family memories, or create goals for the coming lunar year.
  • Contact your local Department of Conservation to find out if there are any regeneration projects happening in your area. Organise to plant a tree on Matariki, or better still, get together with a group of friends and plant several.

And for rainy day weather, there are some craft ideas here.






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