Mānawatia a Matariki - Happy New Year!


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This Friday 24 June for the first time New Zealanders will be celebrating Matariki, the Māori New Year, as a public holiday. Most Māori people recognise Matariki as the beginning of the calendar, a time to come together and to acknowledge past, present and future.

Matariki refers to the Pleiades, or Seven Sisters constellation.

Here's a video explaining the celebration and its significance:

Wishing everyone in the WR community good health in these challenging times! :)
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    Happy Matariki to you and your loved ones.