Source:Radio New Zealand (Auckland)
Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
New Zealand's Maori Party has announced that the legislative push to declare Matariki (Maori New Year) as a new annual non-working public holiday in New Zealand, was no longer a party priority.
In 2009, the Maori Party had announced that it would introduce the "the Matariki Maori New Year Bill 2009" (2009-06-17) to be observed "on the day of the next new moon following the day in which it rises in the months of May or June" (this "rule" is close but, strictly, is not correct).
But that attempt failed (2009-06-23 and 2009-07-25), and nothing came of it in the intervening years.
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