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Embracing the Magic of Matariki: Celebrating a Season of Connection

by: AJ ALEDRON - DTCH Programme Leader

Matariki, a significant event in the Māori calendar, holds a special place in the hearts of many. It marks the beginning of the Māori New Year and is a time of reflection, unity, and renewal.

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Understanding the essence of Matariki was vital for us Kauri DTCH whanau, as it deepened our bond with the land, we now call home. As future Diversional and Recreational therapist of Aotearoa it was very important to fill our kete (basket) with knowledge and skills regarding this celebration.

Through waiata, we embraced the melodies that have been sung for generations, carrying the wisdom and history of our ancestors. Purakau telling transported us to ancient time’s stories holding great significance and reminding us of the lessons they impart. A simple yet beautiful Hautapu ceremony allowed us to come together, weaving a sense of unity, friendship, and love during this special occasion.

To share this wondrous celebration, we visited different facilities, spreading the magic of Matariki and connecting us to many more tangata (people) in our journey.

He aha te mea nui o te ao He tangata, he tangata, he tangata

What is the most important thing in the world?

It is the people, it is the people, it is the people

Heartfelt gratitude goes to the DRT teams of St. Andrew's Village, Northbridge, Hugh Green, and Fairview Care, led by fellow Kauri alumni, for inviting us to join in their festivities with their whanau. This experience was deeply meaningful, allowing us to embrace the spirit of Matariki and honor the connection we have with our culture and heritage.

The Matariki season is welcomed, may it continue to inspire unity, reflection, and the enduring magic of traditions that enrich our lives.


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