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PRIME MINISTER REVEALS 2022 DATE OF FIRST

MATARIKI PUBLIC HOLIDAY

RADIO NEW ZEALAND

4 FEBRUARY, 2021

Ardern said the date - Friday 24 June 2022 - was advised by the government's Matariki Advisory Group. The timing of the holiday will change from year to year but is expected to always fall on a Monday or Friday, Ardern said.

The rising of Matariki, or the star cluster known as Pleiades, usually occurs near the end of June and the beginning of July, marking the start of the Māori New Year.

 

"Matariki will be a distinctly New Zealand holiday; a time for reflection and celebration, and our first public holiday that recognises Te Ao Māori,"

Ardern said.

MATARIKI ADVISORY CHAIR EXCITED 

NEW ZEALAND HERALD

4 FEBRUARY, 2021

 

A new public holiday to celebrate Māori new year Matariki was announced today, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saying it's time for the nation to "recognise te ao Māori".

Matariki is a cluster of stars which usually rises in June or July in the middle of winter and represents the beginning of a new year according to the Māori lunar calendar, known as Maramataka.

ARDERN'S MATARIKI MASTERSTROKE

RADIO NEW ZEALAND

11 SEPTEMBER, 2020

 

Clever tactics from Jacinda Ardern this week, starting off Labour's policy rollout with a promise that if the government is re-elected there will be a public holiday to mark Matariki. She won praise from Māori and Pakeha for recognising the Māori New Year, public holidays are popular with the vast majority of voters and the decision was difficult to oppose without critics looking like spoilsports.

CALLS FOR MATARIKI TO BE A NEW PUBLIC HOLIDAY

RADIO NEW ZEALAND

21 MAY, 2020

The Prime Minister hasn't ruled out the idea of creating another public holiday, and the prospect has already prompted calls for one to fall on Matariki - the Māori New Year. With profitable long weekends like Easter and Anzac Day spent in lockdown, some tourism operators are crying out for another public holiday to make up for the loss.

NEWS AT A GLANCE

NEW MARAMATAKA ONLINE COURSE 2021

We'd like to thank Te Puni Kokiri and the MacDiarmid Institute of Nanotechnology & Materials for supporting our brand new online Maramataka wānanga series which is being launched soon, for all our

budding and established practitioners. 

NGĀ TAKAHURINGA O TE AO 2017

We would also like to thank the Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden fund for supporting Ngā Takahuringa O Te Ao – The Effect of Climate Change on Traditional Calendars.   

 

MARSDEN FUND AWARD 2016

Congratulations to our SMART member Professor Rangi Matamua who was awarded the prestigious Marsden fund: Te Mauria Whiritoi - The Sky as a Cultural Resource.

 

NEW COLLABORATION FOR SMART 2014-2016

SMART joins forces with Victoria University of Wellington, the Ministry of Business Placement Scheme Fund, Innovation & Employment and the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences for a brand new Maramataka initiative.