There is a natural logic that the transition from one year to the next is marked by the maximum tilt of the earth, our furthest distance from the sun. Matariki is increasing in prominence as an authentic, homegrown celebration of the passing of the year. Isthmus first acknowledged Matariki in 2008 and it has grown in subsequent years to become a key feature of our studio culture.
In 2014 we introduced a Matariki Day for all staff, a special ‘public holiday’, with a dinner hosted by the Directors for the team and their whanau in the evening. This is a chance to appreciate the commitment and contribution that all of our staff make, and to acknowledge their partners and families for the supporting role that they play in the success of our studio. We share stories, and we look back in order to look forward.
Matariki provides a punctuation mark in the middle of the long dark winter; a time to both reflect and look forward, but most of all a time be present with one another, enjoy each other’s company and deepen relationships.
Our studios will be closed on Friday 21 June.
Last year, for the first time, we extended our Matariki season to include our clients, collaborators and friends. We will be hosting an evening of waiata, food, drinks and conversation in both our Auckland studio on 3 July and in our Wellington studio on 4 July.