RAM Issue #5 July/Hongongoi

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Kupu Whakataki. Kia ora koutou, welcome to Semester two. I hope you’ve had a ripper of a break, enjoying Matariki’s dazzling stars, on these crisp, clear night skies, that we’re so lucky to have in NZ. LUSA has been awaiting your return as we’ve missed your smiley faces around campus, and have been busy planning a whole bunch of events for you for ReO’Week. Whether you’re a fresher, seasoned frother, or Post grad, we’ve got something for everyone! Keep an eye out on our socials for all the details and be sure to keep the RAM stories, updates, event info, yarns, and creations rolling in as there are only three issues left for the year! Kia manahau!

Raraki Take. Words from Exec / 05 Winterball Lineup / 12 Karere Karapu/Club News/ 15 Celebrating Matariki / 18 RAM Recommendations / 21 Contagious Diseases / 23 Korero Whetuao / 24


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Kia ora, Welcome to Semester two! I hope you had a relaxing break away from study. For the new tauira (students) joining the Lincoln University whānau, welcome! It is hard to believe we are halfway through the year already! LUSA have a wicked line up for Re O’week including clubs market day, club kai market, post grad and co cocktail evening and winter ball. We also have many other exciting things happening this semester so make sure you keep an eye on the posters around the place and follow our social media channels. Our most recent public holiday was Matariki. Matariki is the celebration of the Māori new year. It is about coming together with friends and whānau with kai to reflect on the past, particularly those who have passed away and looking at the year ahead. I hope you had time to reflect on the past and to look ahead at the future, whether it be for this year or years ahead. Our exec will be doing weekly takeovers on our social media this semester. This will be focused on what the exec actually does, particularly in the lead up to our elections which will take place after the mid semester break. If you are interested in running for an exec position, feel free to get in touch for more information! Our executive meetings are open to all students. This is a good way to understand what LUSA does. Our meetings this semester is on the 26/7, 23/8, 20/9, and 11/10 at 5pm. If you have any questions or comments about absolutely anything, you can either email me on president@lusa.org.nz, pop into the office or write something up on our anonymous forms which can be found on LUSA’s website. Ngā manaakitanga. All the best for semester two!

Kia Ora everyone and welcome to Semester two! Starting off the semester with a bang is ReO’Week with Clubs Market Day, Winterball and the Postgrad Cocktail Night. These are all great opportunities to become involved with the vast range of clubs at Lincoln and to dust off the dancing shoes and share a beverage or two with your peers! Following ReOWeek, we have a range of club events coming up, such as a fresh re-set of the bouldering wall from LUTCC, the annual LU Hunting Competition held by the Young Farmers Club at The Grouse on the 24th of July, as well as a range of club trips and events such as the Otago trip with the LUHC and the SPACE Ball. So, if you aren’t already involved with a club, or only involved with a couple then I’d highly recommend branching out and joining a couple more. Along with all this fun and extracurricular activity, I wish everyone the best for their studies in Semester 2. If you have any questions or need help with any uni or personal related issues, please don’t hesitate to come see us in LUSA or flick me a message and we will help you out as best we can! Finally; if you have any feedback (positive or negative) or things you’d like to see more or less of from LUSA. let me or the team know, so we can make your experience at Lincoln as amazing as possible! That’s all from me for now, so I’ll catch you guys’ around uni or the pub, and if you’ve got any ideas or feel like a yarn, don’t hesitate to say gidday!


Vivian Wang

Kate Simstra

Rika Āwhina

Mākai Reo Tauira

Hello everyone, da Jia hao! Hope you are doing well and have enjoyed your well-deserved break. We, the LU Parent Society celebrated the end of the semester together by visiting the Selwyn Aquatic Centre. The children, as well as the adults, had so much fun and amazing friendships were crated. I’m currently planning more events for the Parent Society for the second half of the year. I am so excited to see where the rest of the year brings us! I’m also looking forward to the series of events at the beginning of this semester! What do you look forward to the most? Winterball, Post-grad Cocktail Evening, Re O’Week in general? It’s going to be so much fun! It’s also great news that fee waivers for many postgraduate programmes are extended until the end of 2023. What a great opportunity to upskill for free.

WOW! I cannot believe we are already welcoming in Semester 2 of 2022! For some of you, this will be your final Semester at Lincoln University, and for others, you are coming to the end of your first year here! For those new to Lincoln University, Nau mai, haere mai – Welcome! I hope everyone is well rested and rejuvenated for another jam-packed semester. There is plenty of fun to be had, whether it be Winter ball, cocktail nights, SPACE ball, club events, ski trips, quiz nights, just to name a few. There is something for everyone here at Lincoln University, it is only up to you to take up the awesome opportunities up for offer. I thought I would start this semester off with three hot tips to get the most out of your university experience! Take up as many opportunities as you can – remember, excuses will always be there, opportunities won’t. Whether it be a new club you want to sign up for, a LUSA event you want to attend, just get out there and do it! You’ll never know what will come of it ☺ Remember to have a healthy uni work, social life, and fitness balance. A+ grades don’t always give you the best memories. Make the most of the people around you. Form connections and get to know new faces. These will be your networks for life! Other than that, lets get stuck in!



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students and staff. One thing that really needs to be emphasised is post grad events are welcoming to all mature students and students to attend. They are not solely for post grads; the aim is for inclusiveness and to break down barriers between faculties and allow students to network and meet other students.

Ello there! It’s been a whirlwind of a first semester, flying by so fast, which makes the start of second semester exciting and fresh. Post grads have some awesome events coming up with cocktails at Kong bar in town on the 21st of July, and based on all the positive comments from last year attendees and the games planned, it looks like it’ll be another great event and night out! One of the great things about the Post Grad events, is the relaxed and friendly way Post Grad students get to network, and meet other Post Grads, in a great environment such as Kong, plus the ability to brings friends if they choose. This year the 3MT (three-minute thesis) competition has had an addition. This year we are lucky enough to offer our Honours students to register. This is a fantastic opportunity for research students to come together and showcase their research topics, for PhD candidates, Masters thesis students and now Honours students with their dissertations. This is yet another positive opportunity for all students of all faculties to come together and network, while hearing what other students and faculties are doing. Following on from 3MT, the Post Grad conference is marked for November which is a further opportunity for not only Post Grads but undergrads to also come together and listen to some talented speakers and share in their wealth of knowledge. Fridays – ASAP – Lincoln’s all staff and Postgrads Club, every Friday 4-6pm at Mrs O’s – please feel free to pop in and grab a drink, have some free food, and meet other

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Must do walks around Christchurch Godley Head Track to Taylors mistake

Kennedy’s Bush Track



332m elevation gain

416m elevation gain

Beautiful coastal loop along the edge of Pegasus Bay. On a clear day you can see all the way to the Kaikoura ranges.

Awesome track from Halswell to Mt Ada, steady climb all the way, with great views from the top looking down onto Lyttleton Harbour.

Packhorse Hut

Rapaki Track



427m elevation gain

273m elevation

Well sign posted farm passing, through farm land on a vehicle track following a native bush valley. Track climbs to Packhorse Hut which has an incredible view of the harbour and has a bookable DOC hut. 8

Out and back trail near Lyttleton. Popular with walkers runners and mountain bikers. Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash!




Poems by James MB

Kafka on the Shore “Twas then” said The boy named Crow, he went. Which instinct shall I attend to? Anything that makes sense, he said. No paths can lead us not to temptation Even for the dumbest person. Who talks to cats and sees fishes in the thunder. Who lacks of action and imagination. Still do. Twas Kafka that does, Went off to the library and thus, of course. Saw an abstract of him on the shore. Was it a dream? Shall I pass this? For which I did not see. Anything? Nor experienced it. For it was nothing.

Untitled Poem No. 6 How should I say to you? If not, I cannot protrude How would I feel love? With someone I long for. There, sitting. Just there. I would not intrude as she is secure. Keeping myself inside like a closed cupboard. Trembling and shaking with a broken heart It goes abroad Thus, knowing we will apart Papers, receipts, et cetera I will just wait for the orchestra.






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A good One is Having a way home ISSUE 05

Plan the ride so you’re not stranded on the night.

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This Dunedin-formed DJ/producer duo Melt. has made huge moves over the past few years, supporting some of the top names in electronic music from all around the world from the likes of Kanine to Koven to S.P.Y, just to name a few. As well as making their mark on some huge support slots and multiple festivals, the dynamic duo has moved on to releasing multiple original tunes from dancefloor rollers, taking the opportunity to collaborate with some incredible people along the way. Not only their proven ability to support international artists, but these two boys have also made waves in Auckland and Christchurch selling out both their headline shows. Over the past year, Melt has released multiple bootlegs and remixes of current pop tracks that are running up plays on Soundcloud and gaining over 100 thousand streams. With more upcoming single releases on the way, Melt. have made their mark and are definitely ones to watch. 12

A Christchurch based vocalist, DJ and MC, PONZ is making waves in New Zealand Drum and Bass. Since debuting into the scene with Pirapus on “Fragments” in late 2020, PONZ has been working with drum and bass artists all over New Zealand. Most recently, she has released ‘Stay With Me’ with REPAIR and Ben Shaw, featuring on UKF. In the midst of song releases, PONZ got behind the decks for the first time in June 2021, and has since supported international artists Dimension, Camo & Krooked, Mollie Collins, Benny L and more. She has recently also made a name for herself as an MC in the scene. In 2021/2022 she played New Years festivals Rolling Meadows and the electronic Baydreams replacement shows featuring Netsky, Hybrid Minds, Montell2099, Friction, Holy Goof, Koven and more. Her unique combination of live vocals and DJing, as well as her friendly down-to-earth nature, are taking PONZ from one success to another. PONZ is only getting started, so look out for big things coming from her in 2022.


Chilton House is a 5 piece band playing all those songs you haven’t heard in a hot minute, yet somehow still know all the words to. They love to get down and give classic dance tracks a fresh and funky new vibe. You’ll be singing along until you’re hoarse - great times are on the cards at Winterball 2022 with Chilton House. @Rattle & Strum

Wednesday 20th July 2022 7.00pm–11.30pm



Rollestxn Ave is the brainchild of two of Christchurch’s most exciting young DJs, Jim Gibbs and Harrison Lund. After two incredible nights at Sin After Dark, they have exploded onto the scene with their multi-genre style which sets them apart from the competition. Jim got into DJing 4 years ago after being inspired by the massive European festivals such as Tomorrowland. Combining the many sounds of Europe like Trance, House, and Hardstyle with the classic tracks that everyone knows is what Jim does best which means that his sets are always wild and unpredictable. Harrison Lund is the life of the party. If he’s not behind the decks he’s at the front of the crowd going as hard as anyone else. Harrison only started DJing at the start of 2021 and has already reached a skill level that takes most years to achieve. Bringing the mayhem of Drum and Bassand an uncanny ability to create unorthodox mashups, his skills complement Jim’s perfectly creating an incredible duo that will always blow the roof off. 13




LU Nerd Association Appreciate Wine? The Wine Appreciation Club is seeking new members to join the club for Semester two. The club meets on campus in the HTL (Winery Lab) for wine tastings, usually held on Thursdays, subject to numbers, from 5pm. Costs are generally $15 for a tasting that covers six different wines. Wine tastings are a great way to experience and build knowledge of a wide range of wine styles and regions. I recommend the club to those doing the GDipV&O and BV&O. It is a great way to build confidence in your sensory evaluation of wines. You can of course join if your studies are not wine-related! To join, go to the LUSA page / Clubs / Find a club / Wine Appreciation Club, and you can sign up through QPAY. Members receive discounted tasting prices.

Wizards or Zombies? Ally or axis? Love and war with battles to remember for generations! This could be all yours for a small price of your soul. Does this sound too good to be true? Well let me tell you that Lincoln university now has just the thing to tickle your fancy. LUNA (Lincoln University Nerd Association) has all of this and more. You want it, we’ve got it. If its your love for board games, video games, movies, anime, DND or more we want you! And if you got this far and through and thought “Gee I don’t know what these folks are on about” we want you too! We welcome all creatures from across the land. You might be asking why you haven’t heard of us. The answer is simple. We are just a youngling, at a modest age of 1 semester in fact! As with all good things they take time to iron out the wrinkles and become a well working machine. In semester one we had our debut meeting with a fantastic gathering of more than 15 people. With no plan in place people bought their own games and we came to an impromptu decision to undertake an investigation of the group in a game of Werewolf. A fun group interactive game with randomised characters in a town and personal input into character backgrounds. It’s a game that the players control to out who the werewolves are, while members of the town are mysteriously disappearing. Do you have what it takes to out the werewolf and save the town? Or can you defend your own case to survive the judgement of the town? LUNA has since had two meetings in quick succession at the end of semester 1 for a well-earned study break during exams. In these meetings the group decided to divide into smaller games, taking a walk through American national parts, collecting birds in your habitat, battling to have the best granny (yes granny – you read that right), a simple game of chess or a slightly more heated game of Uno. This semester we are aiming to keep the ball running with more meetings of board games and with a committed crew we are hoping to start a DnD campaign. There is also a potential for a group movie outing or a night in with Mario Cart battles. Bring your own ideas and we’ll make it happen. If you want to keep in touch with what we are up to join our Facebook page. We can’t wait to have many more adventures with new crew mates (and we have snacks). 15

Friday 22 July | 3pm – 4.30pm Gym01, LU Gym (Whare Hakinakina) Join LUSA & the International Cultural Society for an afternoon tea welcoming our new international students to LU and returning students back for another semester.






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Celebrating Matariki New Zealands historic moment.

The Maori new year was legally recognised for first time on Friday 24th June. There was much excitement and debate over how best to mark the day. How did you and your whānau spend your first Matariki? Astronomers and stargazers huddled in the freezing early morning cold, to see the constellations and the new year rising. Observatories around the country opened their doors, and at Takaparawhau, overlooking Auckland, a thousand people gathered at dawn for the open of a hangi, watching the steam and smoke rise into the dark sky in an offering to the stars. Across Aotearoa, people were gathering in pre-dawn mornings and icy winter nights to honour Matariki. This year marked the first time the celebration was formally and legally recognised, making it the country’s first Indigenous public holiday! It’s incredibly significant. It’s from here. It’s not imported, like Christmas or Easter or the Queen’s birthday. It’s for us and what is relevant to our environment.

Matariki is the Māori name for the star cluster known as Pleiades. The full name is “Ngā mata a te Ariki Tawhirimātea – the eyes of the God Tawhirimātea”. It is a time to celebrate the Māori New Year, 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. Matariki travels the night skies during the year until the cold months when it disappears from the night sky for about 28 days. When it reappears, it is a signal that the Māori New Year has begun. Our tūpuna (ancestors) would look to Matariki for help with their harvesting. When Matariki disappears, it was time to preserve crops for the winter. When it re-appears tūpuna would read the stars to predict the upcoming season – clear and bright stars promised a warm and abundant winter while hazy stars warned of a bleak winter. Matariki has nine visible stars. They nclude: Matariki, Tupuārangi, Waipuna-ā-Rangi, Waitī, Tupuānuku, Ururangi, Waitā, Pōhutukawa and Hiwa-i-te-Rangi. Each star holds a certain significance over our wellbeing and environment, as seen from the Māori view of the world.



The 9 Matariki Stars Matariki Matariki tāpuapua. Matariki nāna i ao ake te kai ki runga. Matariki hunga nui. Matariki ahunga nui. Te ope o te rua Matariki. Ka rewa a Matariki, ka maoka te hinu. Ka rewa a Matariki ka rere te kanakana. Matariki is the star that signifies reflection, hope, our connection to the environment and the gathering of people. Matariki is also connected to the health and wellbeing of people.

Waipuna-ā-Rangi Haramai te kōnehunehu! Haramai te hāuaua, Haramai te tarahi! Haramai te patapataiāwha! Takataka mai i te kōmanawa o te hei tapu, whāinumia e koe e Waipuna-ā-Rangi ka tupu te whenua, ka tupu te tangata. Waipuna-ā-Rangi is connected with the rain.

Tupuānuku Pōhutukawa Tērā a Pōhutukawa ka mōiri ki runga he pae whakamahara mō aku tau kahurangi kua ngaro. Pīratarata mai rā koutou hei whetū i te pō, kōrekoreko mai rā hoki koutou i te rokiroki o ngā mahara mō ake tonu atu e. Pōhutukawa is the star connected to those that have passed on.

Waitī Waitī ki runga. Waitī ki raro, e rere nei ō wai hei manapou mō te whenua, hei oranga mō te tangata, hei kete kai mā te iwi. Kōriporipo tonu nei te ia o te awa, māreparepa ana ngā roto, kōrengarenga te puna a Tāne-te-waiora, he koira! Waitī is connected with all fresh water bodies and the food sources that are sustained by those waters.

Tupuānuku ka pihi nuku, ka pihi rangi, ka makuru haere ake nei. Kia haumako roa hoki te puke ki a Rongo, i āhua mai i tawhiti. Ngā hua o Nukutū ka aohia nuitia, arā rā ngakingaki, ara rā tinaku. Hauhaketia rā te tau, he tau humi e. Tupuānuku is the star connected with everything that grows within the soil to be harvested or gathered for food.

Tupuārangi Ngaruru te waokū, matomato te waokū, māpuapua te puhikaioreore e tau ai ngā tamariki a Tāne, tērā koia te pua nui. Tupuārangi māu e mōmona ngā manu, ka mōmona ngā hua, ka puta ka ora! Tupuārangi is connected with everything that grows up in the trees: fruits, berries and birds.




Hiwa nui, Hiwa roa, Hiwa pūkenga, Hiwa wānanga! Hiwaiterangi tēnei e korou o te manawa koronga, tēnei te āwhero o te manako nui. Horahia nuitia mai ngā hua tuawhiti mātinitini o te tau. Purutia e au kia mau te angitū, tāwhia te mooho kia ita! Ka puta ki te whai ao, ki te ao mārama.

E Ururangi whakamāriretia te atua matakerepō koi pūkerikeri mai koi haurokuroku mai, koi huripari mai. Engari kē kia hau kōanga, kia kōtengitengi kia purea ai au, kia whakahauoratia ai au. Ururangi is the star connected with the winds.

Hiwaiterangi is the star connected with granting our wishes, and realising our aspirations for the coming year.

What Happens at Matariki


Different tribes celebrate Matariki in different ways. In the past, it was a time to:

Some things we might do now at Matariki include:

Finish storing up food for the winter.

Have a celebration with friends and whānau.

Create new woven clothes and baskets.

Learn or do some weaving.

Remember our ancestors and listen to old tribal stories.

Learn about stars and see Matariki through a telescope.

Learn about the natural world.

Learn to play string games.

Talk to people in our family about our family history and stories.

Celebrate the coming year.

Fly kites.

Make, decorate and fly kites.

Watch kapa haka performances.

Learn about Māori origin stories and culture.

Give respect to the whenua (land) on which we live.

Learn more about how we can care for our Mother Earth Papatūānuku




Recommendations The Matariki Edition


Activity 2


Dark Sky Project - Tekapo

Paint & Sip - Arts Centre



Hongi To Hāngī: And Everything In Between tvnz.co.nz

Yep, Lake Tekapo is literally one of the best places in the world for stargazing. It’s part of the Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve which means it is recognised on an international scale for its pristine stargazing conditions. You can enjoy the stars by simply hopping into your car, getting out of town, finding a safe place to pull over, and stargazing away from artificial lights. Alternatively, join a tour to the Mt John Observatory with Dark Sky Project where you can use state-of-theart telescopes to see galaxies like you’ve never seen before, or combined your stargazing with hot pools on the Tekapo Springs Stargazing Tour.

I can’t recommend Paint & Sip highly enough. This is for anyone who enjoys a fun evening out. Jump online and choose which painting you’d like to do, which equals which night you’ll attend. Head to the beautiful Arts Centre and go upstairs, grab yourself a drink (not included in the price), and get settled in. The teacher was so sweet and helpful and she guides you through each section step by step even telling you how to mix the colours and the quantity needed. They provide everything right in front of you for you to use, you don’t have to lift a finger, just don’t put your brush in your wine glass! Takes about 2 hours, with a small break with free nibbles in the middle. The best part is walking around at the end of the class and viewing everyone’s fantastic paintings. Not one is the same!

Tāmati Rimene-Sproat takes us through a two-part special, that warmly informs and entertains viewers who may be unfamiliar with te ao Māori. This soft intro into te ao Māori is for people who are interested but have been apprehensive to ask directly. It demystifies Māori, while also showcasing the beauty of Māori culture, customs, and protocols and why certain things are done in certain ways. I’m all for the Māori tradition of always ensuring guests leave with a full puku (stomach)! An insightful, warm watch of such a beautiful culture.





Contagious Diseases on Campus Flu (Influenza) Influenza is a viral illness that is most common in the winter months. It takes longer to recover from and is much more severe that a “common cold” virus. The flu is spread through respiratory droplets caught from a person with the virus. A person can pass it on by talking, coughing, or sneezing. It can also be picked up by contact with a surface with droplets on it however it only survives for a short time outside of the body.

Measles Measles is a highly contagious virus; it is one of the most infectious diseases in humans. It’s spread through aerosolised respiratory droplets caught from a person with the virus or direct contact with an infectious person’s nose or throat secretions. It can survive for up to 2 hours outside of the body!

COVID-19 COVID-19 is a viral illness caused by a type of coronavirus. Coronaviruses usually cause common colds and mild illness. The COVID-19 virus is a new strain not seen before in humans. COVID-19 is primarily spread from person to person by aerosols of droplets from the respiratory tract. These can be spread by coughing, sneezing and talking.

Common symptoms include:

Common symptoms include:



Common symptoms include:




Runny nose

Body aches

Body aches




Sore throat

No energy

Runny nose

Sore throat


Runny nose

A rash that starts in the hairline and then spreads down the body to the arms and legs. The rash is small red flat spots or small red bumps.

Loss of smell & taste

Most people fully recover but in some cases it can lead to serious complications. Stay home if you are unwell. This helps reduce the spread of influenza. Drink plenty of fluids, rest and take paracetamol to help with the fevers and body aches. If you become very unwell see your GP or afterhours clinic for help. The best way to stop yourself from getting influenza is to have an annual flu vaccine. Even if the vaccine doesn’t stop you getting influenza it usually stops you from getting very sick with it. Each year the flu vaccine covers the strains of influenza that are most common so it is important to have one each year You can get a free flu vaccine at Lincoln University Student Health if you are a current LU student.

Most people fully recover but in some cases it can lead to serious complications including permanent brain damage. You should contact your GP or afterhours clinic to arrange testing if you think you have measles. The best way to stop yourself from getting measles is with the MMR vaccine. If you have 2 doses of the vaccine you are 99% protected from measles. Most people in NZ receive 2 doses of the MMR vaccine as part of their childhood immunisations. If both of these doses are not recorded in your medical records then you are eligible for 1 or 2 free MMR vaccinations. If you are eligible you can get the MMR vaccine at LU Student Health if you are a current LU student. Book 325 3835 for an appointment or to enquire.

Most people fully recover but in some cases it can lead to serious complications. Stay home if you are unwell. This helps reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Drink plenty of fluids, rest and take paracetamol to help with the fevers and body aches. Contact your GP or afterhours to arrange for a COVID-19 test if you do not have one at home. If you do have access to a RAT test then complete this and upload your results on the Ministry of Health website. The only way to stop yourself from getting COVID-19 is with a vaccination. Even if the vaccine doesn’t stop you getting COVID-19 it usually stops you from getting very sick with it. You can book a free COVID-19 vaccine online at www.covid19.govt.nz

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June 21 – July 22

July 23 – August 22

August 23 – September 22

You’ve got a knack for innovation this month Cancer. Trust your instincts even if they’re a bit different, weird can be wonderful! Plenty of opportunities are going to present themselves to you this month so make sure you take advantage of it. Take some of that creativity and energy into the weekend and you might even have some left over for the following week!

You have some patient friends Leo. They listen to your random tangents and follow you on weird outings to crazy events. Let them know how much you appreciate it this week. It could be as simple as buying them a drink or taking them out for lunch, but knowing you its probably going to be a little weirder than that!

Ok Virgo, this month has the potential to be really great, or really not so great. It all depends on you really. Make sure you keep communicating with friends and colleagues and don’t let little things get you down. Keep positive and feed off the good vibes of those around you and you’re in for an exciting month.




September 23 – October 22

October 23 – November 21

November 22 – December 21

You’re not interested in anything superficial this month Libra, you’re here to get sh*t done! Stay motivated and this month is going to fly by for you. If you do fizzle out, strike up a conversation with someone you’ve never met! Find someone who doesn’t just want to talk about the weather and get some serious chats going.

Some tiny detail could mean the difference between success and failure this month Scorpio. Try not to overlook the little things because they could spiral out of control. Be careful with money this month too (its always a fickle thing), especially if its other peoples’ finances. Its better to lose your own money than someone else’s!

Chuck it in neutral Sagittarius; you’ve worked hard enough lately. Cruise through the beginning of this month and don’t worry about any big projects until at least mid month! If you’re feeling the need to get away one weekend then you’re in luck – travel plans will go swimmingly. Whether it’s a quick weekend trip or you want to start planning a getaway then this month is a prime time to do that!







December 22 – January 19

January 20 – February 18

February 19 – March 20

Use your words Capricorn; articulating your feelings is a good antidote to all the confusion around you this month. Friends are being clingy and demanding, asking you for advice and help with their problems. By the end of the month you’ll seem like this month hasn’t been about you at all! Take some time to yourself in the weekends if you can spare it.

You’re lost in love at the beginning of the month Aquarius. Whether you’re caught up with that special someone, a book, TV show or maybe its just you dog, you’ll be brought back to earth mid-month when you realize you actually have work to do! (Dang it) Don’t worry though because the weekend is going to come back around and be just as romantic.

It’s all a bit too much this month Pisces. You’re a bit overwhelmed and don’t really feel like doing much of anything. Reading can be therapeutic, so can housework (ha, who actually wants to do that) and music. You’ll be feeling loads better by the end of the month but you might still just want to fly solo.




March 21 – April 19

April 20 – May 20

May 21 – June 20

You’re feeling very clearheaded at the beginning of the week Aries (sorry Pisces!). Tackle any problems with lots of energy and they will feel like they’re solving themselves. You’re going to head into this weekend still feeling pretty confident (you lucky duck… err ram?) but don’t let it go to your head. Just relax and have a good time with some friends.

Don’t you hate it when you’re struggling with something while you see a friend just breeze through it? Don’t worry they probably think that about you with other things. You’re only human Taurus, so don’t try not to get too hung up if you can’t do everything. Don’t be afraid to ask friends for help too. Once you accept that you’ll be in for a nice chill month.

You’re a bit flirtatious this month Gemini! (If I could put a winky emoji in here I would!) Keep that bubbly energy going for as long as you can but try not to lead anyone on. The weekends are looking good too with your social sector on point. If you’re heading out try and keep your friends happy and find somewhere everyone agrees on, or your night could fall apart real quick. 25


Find the following words in the puzzle. Words hidden are across, diagonally and down. AWA (River) HAU (Wind) HIWAITERANGI MANU (Bird) MATARIKI MOANA (Ocean)



PANGA / RIDDLE Im bright but Im not clever I burn but Im not a bonfire I sound like Im a celebrity but Im not famous I twinkle but Im not an eye I can be seen at night but Im not the moon I am a? ANSWER: A Star




Matariki Matariki is the Mother of the Kahui - cluster. She is associated with health and wellbeing of people. She also is a sign of hope, reflection, our connection on the environment and people gathering.





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