We had a fantastic Stars of Aroha business launch Saturday afternoon, 25 July, 2016. We had our hearts set on launching in the month of Matariki and I’m glad we did. It felt so perfect.
We chose the Cornwall Park Bistro located in the Cornwall Park grounds in Auckland to celebrate the birth of our business. In the photo above Tess, Nette, Racheal and Iziah are singing a waiata (song) following Nette and Tess’s speeches.
About 30 guests gathered to listen to Nette’s inaugural speech (about how she found peace through engaging with simple meditation practice after she discovered she had breast cancer).
Tess had an opportunity to thank some awesome people for their contributions over the previous 18 months. Whew, didn’t everyone do well to get the project up and running in such a short time frame?
Rawiri Wharemate (kaumātua) and his wife Julie attended. Matua Rawiri honored Tess and Nette by opening the event with a karakia (prayer). Racheal Treloar (Tess’s daughter welcomed everyone).
Matua Rawiri provided a blessing over the Stars of Aroha Meditations’ tools before gifting the first of two boxed sets to Hospice New Zealand. A big thank you to Professor Rod MacLeod for graciously accepting a Rolling Star Boxed Set on behalf of Hospice NZ.
A second Rolling Star Boxed Set was gifted to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation; a big thanks to Pat Field, National Educator, for accepting this gift.
Rod and Pat shared that they thought the “peace” inspired message contained within the Stars of Aroha Meditations’ could support people to find peace – fantastic, that was great feedback.
Rod is an experienced palliative care doctor; “fear is one of the greatest challenges for people at the end of life” he said. Thanks Rod for acknowledging that our meditation tools have been designed to helpfully support people to release fear.
After the formalities ended we were all treated to a vegetarian high tea. The Cornwall Park Bistro was a lovely venue to celebrate the Stars of Aroha business launch – it was a simple, elegant and tasteful venue. Actually, the high tea was so scrummy that Tess ended up writing to Cuisine Magazine to suggest they send someone over to do a review. She also emailed the Food Mag to request the Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with truffle salt (everyone loved it).
Thank you to our family, friends, kaumatua and business collaborators for making our Stars of Aroha business launch such a success.
We are now looking forward to launching our Stars of Aroha Meditations App within the next couple of months.