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A proposal to make Matariki an annual non-working public holiday in New Zealand has gone to Labour’s Maori Caucus and then, if approved, to Labour’s wider caucus, at which point the proposal could become a bill and eventually law.
The Matariki, or Maori New Year, occurs on the new Moon which follows the heliacal rise of Matariki (aka. the Pleiades star cluster) in the night sky above New Zealand, around the month of June.
For a long time the declaration of an annual non-working public holiday on Matariki, or Maori New Year, was part of the Maori Party platform. But after the 2009 failure to successfully guide the "the Matariki Maori New Year Bill 2009" (2009-06-17) through Parliament (2009-06-23 and 2009-07-25), New Zealand's Maori Party 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 (2012-06-21).
A recent variation on this theme was the recent discussion of a Land Wars holiday (2016-08-23, 2016-01-11 and 2014-08-20).
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