The Maori New Year occurs close to the Winter Solstice in the southern hemisphere. The herald of the Maori New year is the rising of Matariki, also known as the Seven Sisters. They are perhaps, the most celebrated of all-stars. They are the oldest mentioned in literature and played a significant role in cultures around the world both past and present.
In this presentation, we explore the ancient meanings and significance of Matariki and their relationship to the solstices and equinoxes. The programme includes a presentation by Richard Hall on Matariki and also the Winter Solstice; viewing the sunset over the winter solstice heelstone, and a shared meal. (Bring something to share).
There will be a performance of "Voyager" by K. W. Austin. "Voyager" depicts, in music and images, the voyage of the spacecraft Voyager through the solar system. This will take place in the AV room after the solstice events.