This week we commence our celebration of the season of Matariki. Celebrating Matariki is a way that we can recognise and honour the bi-cultural past and present of Aotearoa. We acknowledge the generosity of tangata whenua (indigenous people, people of the land) who have invited tauiwi (non-Māori) to share in the celebration of Matariki. Like many traditional new year celebrations around the world, Matariki happens at the darkest time of the year. Celebrating Matariki gives us a way of thinking about the new year in the Southern Hemisphere – with food, warmth and celebration to share together in winter. This year, our focus will be on covenant, the journey of partnership of our national union of Baptist Churches, and Central’s journey of partnership with tangata whenua. Today Stephen and Darren share their stories around bi-culturalism.