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Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa / Warm greetings to you all,

The star cluster Matariki (also known as the Pleiades, Seven Sisters, or Subaru!) appears in our skies in the month of Pipiri (June–July), marking the start of the Māori New Year. This is the coldest time of the year and Pipiri means ‘to draw close’.

Matariki is a time to gather with family and friends to reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and plan for the future. A lot has happened this year. Our histories can help us reflect on this time and guide us into the future.

Heather Jeffcote
Central North RC
07 281 1137 or 027 501 0393

This is especially important for the tamariki (children) in our care. We know that building relationships and creating memories is essential in building great brains. Matariki may be an opportunity for you, the children in your care and your whole whānau (family) to connect with others in the community. Maybe you can create your own family traditions, that may be carried on with their kids.

Here are some ideas for celebrating Matariki:

Kia kaha, kia hauora, me kia atawhai
(Be strong, be healthy, and be kind)

Ngā mihi nui,


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