8 Sep 2020

Should Matariki be a holiday?

From Morning Report, 8:10 am on 8 September 2020

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern is promising to make Matariki a public holiday if re-elected. 

Ardern made the pledge to mark the start of the Maori New Year while campaigning in Rotorua yesterday. 

She says Matariki will be a distinctly New Zealand holiday and a time for reflection. 

But the proposal is being criticized for creating additional costs for businesses at a time of economic crisis.

That's despite Labour saying it wouldn't introduce the new holiday until 2022. 

An unconvinced Judith Collins said the announcement was poorly timed.

Muriel Tunoho is co-president of the E tū union and Alan McDonald is the head of advocacy and strategy for the Employers and Manufacturers Association.