September 07, 2020
Matariki holiday plan good for workers
E Tū union is hailing the Labour Party’s plan to make a new public holiday in celebration of Matariki, the Māori New Year.
The midwinter holiday would start in 2012 to allow consultation with experts on a suitable date and for employers to get ready.
E tū co-president Muriel Tunoho says the proposal formally recognises Māori knowledge that is already celebrated in communities across Aotearoa.
She says it will be welcomed by workers, whānau, and communities.
However, New Zealand First isn’t coming to the party.
Leader Winston Peters says an additional public holiday will place undue strain on employers, especially at a time when COVID-19 has drastically affected the economy.
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