Celebrating Matariki

This Sunday we’re celebrating Matariki together! Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It disappears for about 28 days during mid-winter and when it reappears on the horizon—this year from 13 to 16 July—the Māori New Year begins. Matariki is a time for whānau and friends to come together to reflect on the past year, remember those who have passed away, and prepare for the seasons ahead. To celebrate, we’re inviting you to bring a homemade kite along to the 10am service! We’ll also have a couple of teams making kites on the day. There will be prizes for most beautiful kite, best flight, and biggest kite. After the service there’ll be a sausage sizzle too!