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26. Pacific Stories - Matariki 2022 -

Matariki 2022. As our Maori Aotearoa brothers and sisters celebrate the changing of seasons with a new public holiday, we reflect on what Matariki might means here. Some of the Cook Islands traditionally celebrated Matariki – although slightly differently – at both the winter and summer times. In winter, Matariki rising in the dawn was a sign that spirits of the year were departing. In summer, the rising of Matariki at dusk was traditionally a time of great celebration. Wyatt Gill wrote of the commencement of the new year occurring in mid-December, a time of ‘extravagant rejoicing”. Gerald McCormack from...

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