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

Even though its winter time and we like to hibernate inside during these months, Matariki has been upon us. Every year there seems to be increased interest in Matariki. 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’.

Rob Thomson 
Otago RC 
03 470 1277 or 027 501 0005

News August

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.

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, and maybe create your own family traditions, that may be carried on with their kids.

Speaking of connections, I will be getting out training again, so I would like to meet up. Even if you can’t make the training, I would love to meet for a coffee and chat. Please check the Training Calendar below to see when I am in your area.

Ngā mihi mahana,


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