I’m new to Matariki and understanding what it means for me and why it’s important for Aotearoa, New Zealand. But I want to understand it in a more deep and meaningful way.
When they announced Matariki was going to be a holiday, I thought to myself “it’s about time”. We should be providing more opportunities for the indigenous people of this country to celebrate the moments that are important to them and their culture. We have a long way to go but I’m seeing more and more te reo integrated into our everyday lives. The language is beautiful, and importantly, all kids expect to hear and read it now. I’m glad people are leaning into it, and not shying away just because some folk are stuck in the ‘olden days’.
Through the years I think we’ve lost our way a wee bit and it’s important for us to reconnect. There’s so much richness in Māori and also Pasifika culture. The fostering of the family unit being one example that I gravitate towards. I love the philosophy of ‘whānau’. Yes, there are blood relatives but it’s bigger than that. Everyone together is part of something bigger. I think that is a really beautiful way to live your life.