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New Zealand Mulls Land Wars Public Holiday

Source: Radio New Zealand News (Wellington)
Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Most recent follow-up news item: May 19, 2020

New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, has announced that he would consider declaring a new annual non-working public holiday in New Zealand, to mark the historic Maori land wars, if his party was still in government after the upcoming September elections.

It seems that promising to declare a new public holiday, if one is re-elected, has become a staple of New Zealand national politics.

Three years ago (2011-01-28), then leader of New Zealand's Labour Party, Phil Goff, had announced that his party would introduce a bill to ensure that if the Waitangi Day and Anzac Day public holidays fall on either a Saturday or Sunday, then the following Monday would be a public holiday.

The New Zealand Labour Party lost the election, but in a freak twist of fate, less than a year later (2012-02-08), a similar private members bill (the Holidays (Full Recognition of Waitangi Day and Anzac Day) Amendment Bill) was presented by Labour Dunedin North MP David Clark and was drawn from the member's bill ballot and introduced to New Zealand's Parliament, where it eventually was passed (2013-04-17).

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