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Kia ora te whānau,

It is Matariki time. The rise of the star cluster Matariki marks the beginning of the Aotearoa / Pacific new year. Every year in June, seven stars (the Pleiades) rise to the north-east and when they are visible just above the horizon at dawn it is considered Matariki, or Maori New Year. There are many legends about Matariki.

Barbara McElligott 
Lower South RC 
03 928 5122 or 027 501 0391


Matariki is a time of renewal and an opportunity to reflect on who we are at this moment in time and build connections with our whānau. Matariki is a time to look back and remember those who are no longer with us, as well as to look forward and celebrate new life and new ways forward. It’s a time of planning. I have included a couple of links about Matariki below, there is loads of information on the internet about it if you’re looking to teach your tamariki (children) about it.

Matariki has come at a great time, following our time of lock down and in fear of the Covid 19 virus. I’m wondering what plans you may have made for your foreseeable futures.

For me, I came out of Covid 19 time wondering what I would take into the future following the experience of lock down. My constant advice to all who know me is “look after yourself, practice self-care, do what you need to do to keep yourself healthy”. Well, it is with mixed emotions that I take this opportunity to let you know that I am finishing my role as Regional Coordinator with Caring Families Aotearoa at the end of July to do just that. I will spend the spring, and maybe summer too, amongst my plants and animals, on the land and at the beach, smelling the roses, nurturing our spring babies and enjoying the company of the dolphin and penguin at my favourite piece of beach. So, thank you to each one of you who I have worked with. It has been an absolute privilege to have walked along side of you for a wee part of your care journey. Thank you for connecting with me and for being a part of my journey also. I have made many friends and connections and have fond memories of sitting at many kitchen tables, coffee in hand, brainstorming strategies and offering support to nurture and heal the babies, children and teens in your homes. You are all amazing people, doing amazing work and I’ll miss you all. I look forward to catching up with you as our paths cross out in the community.

Kia kaha kia maia kia manawanui – Thanks for being strong, steadfast and willing.

Barbara McElligott

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