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Peter and Paul 2022

Almighty God,
whose blessed apostles Peter and Paul
glorified you by their martyrdom:
Grant that your Church,
instructed by their teaching and example,
and knit together in unity by your Spirit,
may ever stand firm upon the one foundation,
which is Jesus Christ our Lord;
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

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Matariki – John the Baptist 2022

Today, for the first time, Matariki is a public holiday in Aotearoa New Zealand. We do not want the Matariki public holiday to be simply another money-making day with Matariki sales and Matariki specials. We want things to benefit Matariki and what it stands for; we do not want people profiting from Matariki. Similarly, I tried to indicate, we want church practice to benefit Matariki and not colonise Matariki for pakeha benefit.

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