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New Zealand Mulls Matariki Public Holiday Again

Source: Radio New Zealand News (Wellington)
Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: October 17, 2020

New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has announced that the government of New Zealand was actively considering measures to encourage domestic tourism, including amending the Holidays Act 2003 and declare additional public holidays "for Kiwis to come and experience their own backyard".

One possible new public holiday which keeps coming back in the news is Matariki, or Maori New Year, which 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).

Another related holiday that has been in the news in the past, is the idea of a Land Wars holiday (2016-08-23, 2016-01-11 and 2014-08-20).

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