Matariki is the celebration of the Māori New Year when a cluster of stars (the Pleiades) rises above the horizon which brings the old year to a close and starts the new year.
The Mother of the star cluster and connected to health and wellbeing
Is connected to those who have passed on
Connected to food grown in the ground and the renewal of nature
Connected to food from the sky
Connected to fresh water food
Connected to salt water and protecting all creatures within it
Connected to the nature of the wind
Connected to your dreams and desires for the year ahead
Connected to the rain
Matariki is a special time of remembrance, reflection and looking ahead to the future, where communities and whānau can come together to celebrate.
Here are some resources we found helpful into understanding Matariki better.
1. Woman Magazine
Stacey Morrison, Columnist for Woman Magazine provides a personal viewpoint about Matariki.
2. Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand
A step-by-step guide into Matariki.
3. Living by The Stars, Youtube Channel
A youtube channel by Professor Rangi Matamua, a Māori scholar specialising in Māori astronomy, and in particular Matariki.
Check out some family-friendly events celebrating Matariki here
We hope you find time to celebrate Matariki with your loved ones this year.
Mānawatia a Matariki, best wishes for the year ahead.
Team WT x
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There are three body measurement points that you need to know to ensure a great fit – bust, waist, and hips.
When taking your body measurements, wear the undergarments you normally wear for the most accurate results. Use a flexible tape measure, or a piece of string and ruler, and hold it around each body point so it is comfortably snug. If the tape is cutting into your flesh, it is too tight.
To ensure an accurate measurement around your body, keep the measuring tape as level as possible from front to back. We recommend measuring yourself in front of a mirror so you can check this from a side view. If you can, get a friend to help you to ensure the most accurate measurements.
Bust: Wrap the measuring tape around your back and where the tape meets across the fullest point of your bust is your bust measurement.
Waist: Wrap the measuring tape around your natural waist, the slimmest part of your torso, pulling the ends to the front. Where they meet is your waist measurement.
Hips: Wrap the measuring tape around the widest part of your bottom – this is usually low down towards your thighs. As with your bust and waist measurements, where the tape meets is your hip measurement.
Length: To measure the length of individual garments against your body it is best to measure down the centre of your back. To do this, start the measuring tape at either the base of your neck for dresses and tops, or at your waist for skirts. Measure down your body to the measurement listed in the garment description. This will show you where the garment comes to on you. When you are measuring for length, remember to make sure you are standing completely upright – it is best to have someone help you with this. Alternatively, compare the measurement with the length of a garment you already have.
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