Matariki Calendar

July 16, 2015 in Uncategorized by Emilie Geant

Matariki Calendar for DynaspeakThe 2015/2016 Matariki calendar for Dynaspeak,  highlights the connexion between France, the Maori people and Aotearoa.

The Maori new year is marked in June by the appearance of the constellation Matarki (or pleiades) and celebrates Matariki throughout the year as we mark more than 200 years of cultural exchange between Aotearoa New Zealand and France.

“Matariki is a time to treasure relationships. The great French navigator Jean Francois De Surville made landfall in Aotearoa and met Maori French chiefs in 1769, beginning a long exchange between France and New Zealand. Early French explorers, naturalists, artists and pioneer missionaries were folloed by settlers and entrepreneurs, winemakers and rygby players, visitors and scholars – a broad diversity of interests links our people today. From Gallipolli to the Western Front, through the Second World War, to peacekeeping operations around the world, our two people have stood together.”

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