New Zealand celebrates Māori New Year as an official public holiday for the first time

首次, New Zealanders are enjoying an official public holiday this June 24 to celebrate Matarikialso known as Māori New Year.

Matariki is the Māori name for a cluster of stars, also known as the Pleiades, the rising of which is recognized by many of the country’s Indigenous people as the start of the new year.
在一个 声明, the New Zealand government noted that this isthe first public holiday to recognize Te Ao Māorior the Māori worldview. The official holiday was established 在四月份, with the passing of the Te Kāhui o Matariki Public Holiday Act.
    The holiday is a time for honoring ancestors, celebrating the present by gathering together to give thanks, and looking forward to the new year.
      New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment released several videos explaining Matariki and the timing of the national celebration.
        Matariki helps to reaffirm identity and bonds that we have with each other. Those that have passed, those that are still with us and those that are still to come,” 说过 Rangiānehu ‘Mātāmua, chair of the Matariki Advisory Group.
        It’s a very important celebration and period of time that really helps to embed those central values within us.
          Māori, who make up about 15% of New Zealand’s population, were dispossessed of much of their land during Britain’s colonization of the country. Thousands of Māori have protested for civil and social rights 最近几年, and have criticized governments for failing to address social and economic inequalities.
            今年早些时候, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern introduced a new 课程 with mandatory teaching of Māori history and British colonialism.
            Ardern also appointed the country’s first indigenous female foreign minister, 娜娜(Nanaia Mahuta), 十一月 2020.