News

04 July 2008

Sadness at Solstice - June 21/22


22 June 2008.
From Fiona.
In the last year, 3 family members have died - both my parents -
Mary and Cec and my brother, Dusty (Ross), recently on the 22 nd June - Solstice.
All 3 loved the Mountain view and I often think of them when I log on to the LIVE view.

Here are the words that were sung at Dustys' service.

Whakataka te hau ki te uru       
Whakataka te hau ki te tonga
Kia maakinakina ki uta
Kia maataratara ki tai
Kia hii ake ana te atakura
He tio
He huka
He hauhuu
Tihee mouri ora!

Cease the winds from the West
Cease the winds from the South
To breeze mildly over the lands
To breeze mildly over the oceans
To welcome a red tinged dawn with
Crisp, fresh air, a hint of frost and the promise of a
newborn day.
Tihee mouri ora! 

The Winter Solstice was on June 21 at 18:46 (6:46pm);
this is when the Sun was at its most Northerly point in the sky.
At the middle of the day on June 21, it reached its lowest altitude,
from the Northern horizon, for the year.

Brian Carter, Senior Astronomer at the Carter Observatory says,
“This means that the longest night was June 21/22
and the shortest day was June 21”.

Dusty will be sadly missed.