On 24 June is New Zealand’s First Matariki public holiday. Perhaps you may like to visit Peter the dinosaur at the Auckland Museum? Viewing open for free!
Matariki signals the Māori New Year. Traditionally, Matariki was a time to acknowledge the dead and to release their spirits to become stars. It was also a time to reflect, to be thankful to the gods for the harvest, to feast and to share the bounty of the harvest with family and friends. See:
Tirohia ake ngā whetu
Me ko Matariki e ārau ana
He tiki mai tahau i ngā mahara e kohi nei
Whakarerea ake e nā te roimata koua riringi
He puna wai kai aku kamo…
I gaze up to the stars
To the assembly of Matariki
Captured are my memories of you who have left me behind
like springs in my eyes. 1
My mother passed last October. See:
For original version see:
Steam Shovel by Charles Malam – Your Daily Poem
My version was originally written for my friend Peter.
An acrostic for Matariki:
Keep an open mind.
Kia Kaha and keep an open mind.
Kia kaha is a Māori phrase used by the people of New Zealand as an affirmation, meaning stay strong.
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