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Matariki Maori New Year
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Matariki, Maori New Year

Conference Committee —

Matariki signals the beginning of the Māori New Year, when a cluster of nine stars called Matariki will re-appear in the dawn sky.

From early June, before sunrise, look to the north-eastern horizon. Find the constellation Tautoru, or Orion’s belt (sometimes called the pot). Trace a line northward from the three stars of Tautoru and look for a faint sparkle of dots, about the same width as Tautoru is long. This is the Matariki star cluster. Matariki can also be seen during the summer months in this location, after sunset.

Matariki is celebrated with education, remembrance and the planting of new trees and crops signalling new beginnings.

The two meanings of Matariki both refer to stars: mata ariki (eyes of god) and mata riki (little eyes).

Unique to New Zealand, Matariki is regarded as an opportunity to come together to acknowledge who we are, to express love for these islands that we call home and foster quality relationships between each other and the natural world and is regarded as the optimum time to plant for new harvests, and offer ceremonial offerings to the land-based gods Rongo, Uenuku and Whiro, to ensure good crops for the coming year.

Matariki Stars

As in Maori methodology, Rotary at this time of the year refreshes ‘internationally’ and looks forward to new beginnings, growth, celebrating what has been achieved and looking forward with anticipation to what is ahead as 'Rotary Connects the World" 

Rotary International Theme 2019-2020 — Image by: Rotary International

‘Regeneration Conference’Christchurch, September 20-22nd will inspire and refresh you, so come join us, by registering now at: https://www.rotaryoceania.zone/page/rotaryzone8conference