Connecting with Janice

Jul 8, 2024 | Real life, Review | 0 comments

Loving couple John & Gabrielle—together for over 50 years—connected with their copy of Becoming Janice at the time of Matariki, the special occasion in the Aotearoa/New Zealand calendar which marks the start of the Māori New Year.

Matariki takes place in the southern mid-winter, any time from late May to early July, when the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades appears and is clearest in the night sky.

Gabrielle explains, “Matariki is the time to remember those who have died, a time to be with family and friends, a time to plant for the coming spring (and yay, John’s  garlic has already sprouted). In Aotearoa it is now our newest holiday. A day to relax and to eat favorite winter foods. And a time to connect!”

Gabrielle and John are the newest members of our Gallery of Janice Readers. Let’s connect with some of the others…





Dulce & Alejandra




Derek & friends

If you would like to join the Gallery, send your snapshot of you with Janice to me at

Further reading
The first public holiday to celebrate Matariki was held in Aotearoa/New Zealand on Friday 24 June, 2022. Matariki fell on Friday 28 June in 2024, marking the reappearance of the constellation. More on Matariki

Why is Matariki important? Watch video on YouTube

Read some reviews of Becoming Janice here: scroll down to Celebrated by aficionados



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