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New Zealand Matariki Public Holiday Bill Passes Into Law

Source: Radio New Zealand News (Wellington)
Posted: Thursday, April 7, 2022


The Te Pire mō te Hararei Tūmatanui o te Kāhui o Matariki/Te Kāhui o Matariki Public Holiday Bill which establishes a new annual public holiday in New Zealand for the Matariki Maori New Year, has passed in New Zealand's Parliament.

The aforementioned Te Kāhui o Matariki Public Holiday Bill, one of the only 5 bills ever drafted in both te reo Māori and English, had passed its first reading, last autumn (2021-09-30).

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 in 2020, Prime Minister Ardern had 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 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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