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Ardern's promise to make Māori new year a public holiday is long overdue

When the small Matariki cluster of stars becomes visible over New Zealand’s early Winter morning skies, the country’s indigenous Māori people mark the beginning of their New Year.

The star cluster is also known as Pleaides or Seven Sisters, and traditionally Matariki followed the harvesting of kai or crops. At the time, the food storehouses or pātaka kai were full, thus freeing up time to honour ancestors and celebrate life.

Matariki is still celebrated by eating food and spending time with whānau (extended family), reflecting on the year that has been, acknowledging the dead and planning for the future.

This week, Jacinda Ardern announced that Matariki would be made a public holiday in 2022, should Labour be re-elected to government.

She told reporters that as well as boosting domestic tourism, Matariki will be a distinctly New Zealand holiday and a time to look to the future, taking increasing pride in the country’s unique national identity.

It has got people talking about whether New Zealand should celebrate the Queen’s birthday anymore.
Người Maori với dân ở các đảo phía nam Thái bình dương có khi là hậu duệ của 50 người con hồi đó theo Lạc long quân vượt biển.