Greetings to all our Multicultural whanau and friends!
As we are now in the month of the winter season, I hope everyone is warm and cozy and have plenty of Vitamin C.
June is also the month of our Matariki celebration. “Māori New Year”. Matariki is the Māori name for a cluster of stars which is visible in our night sky at a specific time of the year. In 2019, from 25 to 28 June, Matariki will re-appear in the dawn sky – signaling the start of the Māori New Year. Matariki translates as mata riki, which means tiny eyes, or Mata Ariki, which means eyes of God.
Matariki celebrations are held at different times by different iwi, but celebrations most often begin at the next new moon aHer Matariki has risen. It is a time to celebrate new life, to remember those who’ve passed and to plan for the future. And it’s a time to spend with whānau and friends – to enjoy kai (food), waiata (song), tākaro (games) and haka. Recent years have seen a revival in the celebration of Matariki and many communities now hold annual events including cultural performances and traditional Māori crafts and food. There are various events that are organized in Invercargill/ Southland area for this significant event, therefore I encourage you to participate and take the opportunity to immerse yourself in this fantastic celebration.
The SMCI AGM was held the end of May, on behalf of SMCI committee thanks to all who’ve attended and who’ve sent an apology. The new committees are: Chairperson: Neill Rumble Secretary: Kristina Benipayo Treasurer: Melissa Hobbs Committee members: Adriana Rincon, David Reyes, Nayabet Espinoza, Steve McGregor
At the AGM there was a resolution passed and it is highlighted at the chairperson message on the front page. The work of these changes will commence shortly with the guidance of our resources along with our fantastic governance team.
Recently, we celebrated and promoted the Philippine culture in conjunction with the celebration of 121 years of Philippine Independence Day. On behalf of the organising team, I would like to thank all the people who have attended the event. To our sponsors, SIT for the venue, Goldelights and Filipino Asian Store for the food ingredient contributions and to our amazing volunteers who worked hard and tirelessly to make the extra event special. A special acknowledgement to Regina Bennett for the extras assistance to us in making the event a smoothly as possible. A massive thanks to all performers (Invercargill Filipino Dance Group & The Core group) at the event, it was such a dazzling performance overall and for sure everyone gains an insight knowledge about the Philippine dance culture.
Last week, I was in Singapore attending the ICCS- International Conference on Cohesive Societies, the conference gave me a very insightful knowledge and experience. It was indeed a great opportunity being there listening to all keynote speakers that gave powerful messages.
In the hence sight, the incoming cultural event we have in place for July is Nepalese culture, please refer to the next page for the information about this event. This is the first time the Nepalese culture be celebrated to our wider community. I therefore, encourage you to come along and witness these fantastic cultures that have plenty to offer in which you will gain insightful knowledge about their tradition and taste of cuisine. The annual Kidzone family fun activity is only a few weeks away and we are still in need of volunteers to help us out in our activity room. (Date for Kidzone is 10 to 15 of July at James Hargest Senior Campus). Till then, we look forward to meeting, welcoming and seeing you again soon. Stay safe and keep warm.
Nga Mihi Nui