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New Zealand Matariki Public Holiday Bill Passes First Reading

Source: Radio New Zealand News (Wellington)
Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2021


The Te Kāhui o Matariki Public Holiday Bill (Te Pire mō te Hararei Tūmatanui o te Kāhui o Matariki) which will set into law the declaration of a new annual public holiday in New Zealand on account of the Matariki Maori New Year, has passed its first reading in New Zealand's Parliament.

Over the years there had been repeated calls to declare a new public holiday in New Zealand for Matariki (2018-07-09, 2012-06-21, 2009-06-17, 2009-06-23 and 2009-07-25) and last year, Prime Minister Ardern announced promised that if her Labour Party was re-elected, it would declare Matariki as a new annual public holiday in New Zealand (2020-10-21, 2020-10-17, 2020-09-06 and 2020-08-01).

The declaration of a new NZ public holiday for Matariki was stated as part of the government's plans for the current parliamentary session, during the Crown Speech read on behalf of the new government of New Zealand (2020-11-26), and the Te Kāhui o Matariki Public Holiday Bill, introduced into New Zealand's Parliament on September 27, 2021, has as preamble, "The purpose of this bill is to establish an annual public holiday to acknowledge Matariki. This bill sets the dates for the Matariki public holiday from 2022 to 2052, and provides for future dates for the Matariki public holiday".

The date of the first Matariki annual public holiday was announced as Friday, June 24, 2022, earlier this year (2021-02-04) and a Matariki Advisory Group released the dates of this new Matariki public holiday for the next 30 years (2021-07-01).



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