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Unison celebrates local stars and loved ones this Matariki

Electricity distributor Unison Networks is calling for nominations of ‘community stars’ this Matariki.

“Unison is inviting people across Hawke’s Bay, Taupō and Rotorua to celebrate the brightest stars that they know,” says Customer Relationship Manager, Danny Gough.

“Who makes your world a better place? They might help others in the community, have been there for you in a time of need, or be that daily source of sparkle in your life. It could be someone in your whānau, or a friend, neighbour or colleague – anyone who you think deserves a shoutout, at this special type of year.

“It could be something as simple as a loved one picking up your groceries when you weren’t able to get out yourself,” said Mr Gough.

Nominations must be made on Unison’s Facebook page @UnisonNetworks as a comment on the dedicated pinned Facebook post, and every nomination goes in the draw to win one of three $100 vouchers.

“This is your chance to celebrate that special person in your life, and give them the chance to win a $100 voucher to say thank you for their efforts,” says Mr Gough.

This month Unison, and the rest of Aotearoa, will celebrate Matariki, which marks the start of the Māori New Year.

The Company proudly supports the Ātea a Rangi Educational Trust in Hawke's Bay, a Charitable Trust which was established to run educational programmes, events and tours for schools and community based on traditional Māori and environmental kaupapa.

The Trust created the much loved Ātea a Rangi star compass at Waitangi Regional Park which features pou carved from Unison power poles that used to line the streets of Hawke's Bay.

Through the course of the week-long Matariki celebration (June 20 – 24 2022), Unison staff have been invited to attend a series of events delivered by the Ātea a Rangi Educational Trust, including visiting the Whare Whetū planetarium to understand more about Matariki, and a sighting of the morning stars of Matariki at dawn. Events are open to the public and details can be found at www.atea.nz.

“Unison’s partnership with the Ātea a Rangi Educational Trust creates a platform for celebration and education of te ao Māori. 

“We’re proud to be supporting the Trust in delivering such a fantastic programme of events to the people of Hawke’s Bay, and are looking forward to getting involved ourselves,” continued Mr Gough.

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