Jacinda Ardern announces the first date for the new Matariki public holiday

NZ 05/02/2021

Jacinda Adern announced today that the first Matariki public holiday will be on Friday the 24th of June in 2022! This comes to no surprise as the prime minister announced her plans last year to make Matariki a holiday if she was re-elected.

The holiday won’t occur on the same day every year but will change to ensure it is on during the rising of Matariki.Tikanga and astronomy experts will be setting the dates in future but will always fall on a Monday or a Friday. 

"This will be a day to acknowledge our nation's unique, shared identity, and the importance of tikanga Māori. It's going to be something very special, and something uniquely New Zealand.”

"It's great to have the date locked in for next year. This will be a day to acknowledge our nation's unique, shared identity, and the importance of tikanga Māori. It's going to be something very special, and something uniquely New Zealand," she said

The last public holiday to be announced in New Zealand was Waitangi Day in 1974, which was almost 50 years ago.

We’re excited to be able to learn more about our māori culture as we have the day off and will have even more opportunities to learn about Matariki.