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...
Honouring Matariki

Honouring Matariki

  Photo: Anne Dean Ruffell   What does Matariki mean to you? Can you remember when you first saw Matariki? I can. But it was by another name. In my early twenties with the help of a little star book, I began to explore the night sky from the balcony of my...

Solstice Blessings 2021

    When you lose your footing May the earth hold you When your heart is aching May the waters soothe you When life feels overwhelming May the air lighten you When your thoughts are darkening May the fire illumine you.         Blessing...
First Fruits/Te Waru

First Fruits/Te Waru

    As First Fruits arrives, I am aware of how much ripening is taking place in nature. This is the season when I enjoy luscious tastings of apricots, nectarines, plums, and blueberries.   It feels wondrous that the sun’s warmth can be stored in...
Tasting the tōtara

Tasting the tōtara

    When walking in the park yesterday and saying hello to a tōtara tree that I like to visit, I checked to see if any of the spent flowers were now turning into berries.   To my surprise, I discovered one bright berry hidden amongst the leaves....