Tuesday, February 20, 2018



I would like to wish all the teachers in New Zealand and those well beyond our shores, all the best for a very wonderful Chinese New Year. During this time many Chinese are gathering together sharing wonderful holidays with families, some in their hometowns and some in other parts of the world. 

I think it is wonderful that the year of the Dog highlights dependability, building loyalty at work and in relationships. I also read that a Chinese Astrologer Laura Lau says that the Dog is a true companion, associated with loyalty, honesty, intelligence, and a strong sense of right and wrong. Laura Lay says "Dogs are known to be swift and passionate believers in their own personal philosophy," Lau says. "The Dog does his best to protect high-integrity people in other words, this year of the Dog may see people fighting for the cause they believe in. This influence could manifest itself as large-scale political movements or something as simple as local community work and small acts of kindness. She then goes on to say "We're inclined to believe we'll see more of the latter than the former, due to this year's representative element: earth. "The earth element makes this a gentler dog than other elements," Lau says. She says this element encourages us to take a cooler-headed approach to problems, rather than letting our emotions flare up and get the better of our reasoning.

What a wonderful lens to put on the year ahead. I am sure the year of the Dog will bring many prosperity and strengthened relationships, many happy times ahead with family, friends and work colleagues.  I am wishing everyone a VERY VERY HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR. 

Arohanui, Wendy 

Information from Laura Lau: Chinese Astrologer