Ancestors, Samhain and Matariki 2024

Ancestors, Samhain and Matariki 2024

    Every Sunday my Aunt Jessie would visit the graveyard. The graveyard lay on the other side of town, a little further out than our house, so it became a natural thing for me to join her at our gate and run alongside. This is how I came to explore the...
A ritual for the equinox

A ritual for the equinox

  Happy autumn equinox/Ngahuru! And to you in the northern hemisphere, happy spring equinox!   At equinox on March 20, light and dark, day and night come into balance. At equinox, our two hemispheres of this planet come into balance.   We are together,...
Season of release

Season of release

    Autumn is a season of release. Leaves fall, light fades, crickets slow down then cease their song, the days shorten, and flowers drop into the earth.   I’m in the flow of the season, letting go of small things (and some big), taking stones to...

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...