Equinox, royalty and rituals

Equinox, royalty and rituals

    Did you notice the elaborate protocols set in place for the ten days following the death of Queen Elizabeth? Every step has been prescribed, within an hour of her death, from the different locations for her body to lie in state, to precise timing, and...

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...
A winter welcome

A winter welcome

  Have you ever felt warmly welcomed by someone?   It feels good, doesn’t it? Some people know how to do this, quite instinctively. They know the small touches that make you, the visitor, feel you matter, that you are valued and special. If you pause...