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Winter Soulstice Matariki

Winter Soulstice Matariki

In the Southern Hemisphere, at the time of the winter solstice, a cluster of seven stars, called ‘the Pleiades’ in the Northern Hemisphere and ‘Matariki’ in Aotearoa New Zealand, becomes visible on the horizon just before dawn. For Maori, this...
Winter Soulstice Matariki

Winter Soulstice Matariki

In the Southern Hemisphere, at the time of the winter solstice, a cluster of seven stars, called ‘the Pleiades’ in the Northern Hemisphere and ‘Matariki’ in Aotearoa New Zealand, becomes visible on the horizon just before dawn. For Maori, this...
Government Evades Christianity?

Government Evades Christianity?

On the “portal for education information in New Zealand, maintained by the Ministry of Education” it is eye-catching that, while celebrations of other spirituality and world religions are explicitly mentioned in the Awareness days/weeks to celebrate in...
Matariki

Matariki

I do not think we have really been deeply inculturating Christian spirituality into the Southern Hemisphere. Today is the beginning of Matariki. Matariki is the Māori name for the Pleiades. In the winter sky just prior to dawn this star cluster marks the Māori New...
shortest day

shortest day

Christchurch “city” is glum, grey, and empty. Acres of empty grey spaces, rubble, and the ever-present sound of cascading debris, and metal dinosaurs chewing their way through munted buildings. Fog and grey skies. That’s not even mentioning the...