Greens call for Matariki public holiday
The Green Party is calling for Matariki to become a public holiday, allowing New Zealanders to celebrate the Maori New Year over a long weekend.
Green Party Co-leader and Maori Development spokesperson Marama Davidson says this move would help revitalise Maori culture.
"Here in Aotearoa there has been an incredible push to embrace tikanga Maori. The time has come for there to be a Maori holiday on our whenua.
"We should absolutely be pushing for this extra public holiday that gives us time for leisure, celebration and time with whanau.”
Green Party tourism spokesperson Gareth Hughes says additional to increasing cultural awareness around our shared history, this offers an extra day for New Zealanders to get out to the regions and support small businesses.
"New Zealanders work really hard and are at the lower end of the scale internationally when it comes to annual public holidays. Another day off to get out and celebrate with family would be well overdue.
"When it comes to those public holidays, it’s appropriate that there’s days to celebrate tikanga Maori alongside Euro-centric celebrations."