21 June is our mid-winter solstice- and, of course, mid-summer solstice for our friends and relations in the northern hemisphere.  We wish you all well for the coming year; and from Aotearoa we wish you Happy Matariki as well, as we celebrate the rising of the Seven Sisters star cluster in the north-eastern sky just before dawn.

A special time for Maori in pre-colonisation days, after harvest, for talk and celebration around the fires for the  winter season.  Now it is a special time for all of us in Aotearoa, with a wide range of activities and celebrations – somewhat more subdued this year because the threat of Covid-19, and world-wide loss and grief,  hangs over us all.

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