Shane Te Pou: The first Matariki public holiday, a truly indigenous celebration

Dr Haare Williams recounts a story with his moko about the meaning of Matariki, with Shane Te Pou at Nga Whare Waatea Marae, Māngere. Photo / Dean Purcell

This year, Aotearoa New Zealand acknowledges Matariki as a public holiday. Even that simple law change was opposed by more than 40 MPs just this year. It’s a truly indigenous holiday. Isn’t that something, writes

Then there’s dear little Waioeka, 2, who this morning asked:
“Koko, can we have a karakia for the worms?”
“Why the worms?”
“Because I don’t want the birds to eat my friends.”
Matariki, take our kids into the new life of a new generation, the inheritors of God’s jewel of life.

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