Ka puta Matariki ka rere Whānui.
Ko te tohu tēnā o te tau e!
Matariki re-appears, Whānui starts its flight.
Being the sign of the New Year!
Matariki is actually a small cluster of tiny sparkling stars which appear when the sun, drifting north on the shortest day in winter, reaches the north-eastern end of the horizon. It is a time linked to the winter solstice, when the sun begins its journey south again and is traditionally a time to celebrate unity and family.
Matariki is a significant festival for us all at Raphael House; we are preparing both inwardly and outwardly for this time at school. It is an opportunity for us all to reflect and give thanks, to celebrate the earth and to show respect for the land on which we live.