Puanga Matariki - June 2008

Members of the Josephite Affiliates group led the quarterly liturgy at Mt St Joseph this month, centering it on the celebration of the Maori New Year – Puanga Matariki.

In the gathering time those present followed the Maori peoples’ Matariki customs of taking time for wananga / learning, time for kohi kai / food abundance, and Miroia e Tane / planting of trees and shrubs.
Ross Skilton of the local observatory gave a brief presentation of the place of the planets and stars at this time, in particular those of Matariki / Pleiades and Puanga / Rigel.  There was time for gratitude in displaying the abundance of fruit in the form of preserves.  And the planting of a miro tree on the property brought the gathering to a close.


The miro tree is planted by Sr Liz Hickey, Joseph Barber, and Sr Makareta.

Gallery / Whakaahua

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