Matariki's precious arrival

MONICA TISCHLER
Last updated 05:00 08/07/2014
Siane and Bronson
Monica Tischler
NEW LIFE: First time mum Siane Broughton, 20, holds her son Bronson Fatu, who was born on June 28, the first day of Matariki. He’s pictured at three days old.

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Matariki is a chance to celebrate new life and beginnings.

Parents Siane Broughton and Antonio Fatu experienced it first-hand after welcoming son Bronson into the world on June 28.

The newborn was one of five babies born at Waitakere Hospital on the first day of the month-long festival and Broughton, 20, says bringing new life into the world opened her up to "a whole new love".

"It was an amazing experience and I was over the moon.

"It was love all over again," the Henderson Valley woman says.

"I didn't know what to expect or how to feel but starting a new phase of life is amazing."

Matariki refers to the rising of a star constellation known as the Pleiades or the Seven Sisters and marks the beginning of the Maori New Year. Historically Matariki occurred at the end of the harvest season and was a time to fill the storage houses with food.

Whanau and friends also came together to acknowledge the successes of the past year and look towards the year ahead.

Waitakere Hospital midwife manager Helen Ngatai says Matariki is a special time for families to welcome new life to the world.

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