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New Zealand Matariki Public Holiday Dates For Next 30 Years

Source: Radio New Zealand News (Wellington)
Posted: Thursday, July 1, 2021
Most recent follow-up news item: April 7, 2022

The New Zealand government has released the expected list of the dates when the new Matariki (Maori New Year) public holiday of New Zealand will be observed, for the next 30 years (2023-2052).

Over the years there had been repeated calls to declare a new public holiday for Matariki (2018-07-09, 2012-06-21, 2009-06-17, 2009-06-23 and 2009-07-25).

Then, 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).

Following her electoral victory, 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 date of the first Matariki annual public holiday was announced as Friday, June 24, 2022, earlier this year (2021-02-04).

A new Matariki Advisory Group, comprising experts in mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge), was tasked with the determination of the dates of the Matariki public holiday for the next 30 years "to give businesses certainty about when it would happen".

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