How to start a new year

How to start a new year

    A profound cultural event has just taken place in Aotearoa: the first Matariki public holiday. At last, the new year has come into alignment with the seasonal cycle of Aotearoa! — the return of the sun at winter solstice; the return of the stars at...
Why is Matariki significant?

Why is Matariki significant?

Mānawatia a Matariki!   Matariki has risen and it is time to celebrate. Welcome Matariki! Why has Matariki become so popular for both Pākehā and Māori, to the extent that in 2022 it will become a public holiday? Is the adoption of this festival just another...

Enlivening

  On my evening walk I saw a woman running down the steep street, very fast. In her hand she held something which she passed to another runner at the bottom of the hill. He took off up the hill while she bent over to stretch.   I marvelled at their fitness....
Solstice Blessing 2018

Solstice Blessing 2018

    May you cherish your loved ones May you cherish the earth May you cherish your own dear self As the wheel turns at Solstice Amidst the busyness, remember to slow down, breathe, and open to blessings. With love, Juliet Remembering what matters  ...