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Ardern's promise to make Māori new year a public holiday is well overdue | Leigh-Marama McLachlan

Recognising Matariki signals official recognition and respect for Māori customs, and a wider buy-in from New Zealanders

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 prospect of making Matariki a public holiday sends a well overdue sign of respect to Māori traditions and knowledge and paves the way for greater understanding of our nation’s unique, shared identity.

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