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New Zealand Matariki Public Holiday Likely After Labour Landslide

Source: Radio New Zealand News (Wellington)
Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: April 7, 2022

New Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has won a landslide re-election, with her center-left Labour Party projected to win an outright parliamentary majority, quite rare in New Zealand, increasing the likelihood that Matariki, Maori New Year, will soon become New Zealand's 12th annual public holiday, the first new public holiday since 1973.

Recall that, last month (2020-09-06), Prime Minister Ardern announced that, if her Labour Party was re-elected, it would make declare Matariki, Maori as a new annual public holiday in New Zealand ("Matariki will be a distinctly New Zealand holiday and a time for reflection, celebration and to look to the future as we take increasing pride in our unique national identity").

The current and latest impetus for the idea of Matariki being declared as a New Zealand public holiday, started earlier this spring (2020-05-19), when Jacinda Ardern announced that one of the measures considered by the government of New Zealand was amending the Holidays Act 2003 and declaring additional public holidays "for Kiwis to come and experience their own backyard", immediately leading for calls that that new public holiday be Matariki (2009-06-17, 2009-06-23 and 2009-07-25).

This was followed, last summer (2020-04-28) by the minister for Māori development and local government, Nanaia Mahuta, announcing that New Zealand's Labour Party would support for the declaration of Matariki (Maori New Year) as a new annual public holiday in New Zealand ("Labour would be supportive of recognizing Matariki as a public holiday").

This would be the first new public holiday in New Zealand since 1973, when the Labour Government of Prime Minister, Norman Kirk, made Waitangi Day a new annual public holiday in New Zealand, although a 2013 bill Mondayizing the Waitangi Day and Anzac Day public holidays, the Holidays (Full Recognition of Waitangi Day and Anzac Day) Amendment Bill (2013-04-17, 2013-03-13, 2013-02-19, 2012-09-14, 2012-07-25, 2012-07-17, 2012-02-08, 2011-10-18, 2011-01-28), has effectively added 3 additional Monday public holidays ever since it became effective.

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