Matariki Morning Service

10am Sunday 16 July

All are welcome this Sunday to our morning service and welcome in Matariki, the Māori new year.  This is when the star system, which we also know as the Pleiades, peeks above the horizon early in the morning and heralds the start of the planting season.

The Cathedral Choir will lead with the beautiful St Paul’s Te Pouhere Mass in te reo Maori, and sing the anthem Lux Arumque by Eric Whitacre. Because this is our midwinter celebration, this anthem composed for a northern hemisphere Christmas is ideal; the lyrics translate as “Light, warm and heavy as pure gold, and the angels sing softly to the new born babe”.

You can follow the service via our Facebook page – see the home page for the link.

This service will be followed by a celebration morning tea to which all the parish is very welcome.

Want to know more about this celebration?

Matariki significance in Aotearoa –

The Pleiades are recognised by many cultures as important for seasonal activities –