A time for reflections & new beginnings
Matariki is our Aotearoa New Year. Matariki signals a time to reflect on the year past and look forward to new goals and journeys ahead.
It takes its name from the seven star constellation which reappears over the horizon in late May. In Western astronomy this constellation is called The Pleiades.
Traditionally, Matariki was the time to plant trees, prepare the land for planting crops and renew associations with whanau. The New Year is also a good time to reflect on your place in the world, to re-awaken old skills or try out new ones, and to set new goals.
What are some new beginnings you'd like to introduce into your life? Here are some ideas:
- Get fit. Look at your diet and exercise and see if there are any improvements to be made. If you smoke - give it up.
- Get your finances in order. Now's a good time to set yourself a realistic budget and stick to it. Don't forget to allow for unexpected expenses. Check out our post ‘Money matters’ for more great money tips and advice.
- Examine your relationships with your family. Do you spend quality time with your loved ones? Is there a relative you haven't kept in touch with?
- Start or update your family history. Whakapapa is our history, who we are. Matariki is a great time to learn about the deeds and actions of our ancestors and how they have shaped who we are today.
- Learn a new skill or revive an old one. Brush up on your Maori language. Perhaps you could dust off the old guitar or piano. Enrol in a course you've always wanted to do - learn something you can pass on to others.
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Published: 11 July 2013