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TREMAIN: Matariki

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Matariki has more relevance to New Zealand now than Easter, Christmas and Boxing Day and it embraces our values much more than Halloween or Guy Fawkes day. Māori have always celebrated Matariki and its great to see overwhelmingly support for this indigenous festival. For those who believe another holiday negatively affects the economy, let’s drop King‘s Birthday holiday.

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justise xtra
justise xtra
2023年7月19日

New Zealand has the most holiday's in the all the countries of the World. I am appalled at how many holidays we get. How can they expect to do anything around here. I burnt a fire and they narked on me and that was a ritual fire one that is not marked here in New Zealand and now they want a bonfire. Next I want Science to do up some explosive Gunpowder as Fireworks and then I will be happy to shoot some to the stars. Remember when I told them about the Alderbran and the Maori shot me down and then they found out it was right.

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NZ has a dozen public holidays a year.

France (14), Japan (14), Croatia (14), Philippines (about 15), Portugal (14), Thailand (19) and others have more.

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zespritz
zespritz
2023年7月17日

If it pleases the Maori to have matariki then by all means keep it, but like Fathers Day and Mothers Day it should be made a fixed Day ie Sunday and not be a paid holiday.

That way the celebration is retained and the employers can achieve some productivity.

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Different tribes recognize Matariki on different dates. They differ as to the number of stars in the constellation and some call it by different names. The public holiday date is a political confection ostensibly to promote Maori culture but really undermine New Zealand.

If we want to have a mid winter holiday, I suggest Sir Ed Hillary's birthday 20th July.


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Andy Espersen
Andy Espersen
2023年7月15日

A "Matariki" holiday. Another day off work. I do hope the first thing our new government in October does is to scrap it. It was introduced with the greatest of ease by decree - and can be removed equally easily. It cost New Zealand businesses more than a half billion dollars - and would we not also "save" the same amount by scrapping it?? One more valuable day to produce - and New Zealand at present badly needs to produce more, in the last 6 yeras under this despicable government having wasted enormous amounts on "Covid Lockdowns", "Climate Change", "various Woke ideologies" or what have you.


A special holiday is supposed to celebrate "an event" (e.g. Labour Day, Easter, Christmas…


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