Rāapa Tekau ma toru pipiri
Dear Ms Ardern,
My name is James Smith and I am a year 6 student at Halsey Drive School, Lynfield. This week at school we have been learning about myths, stories and importance of Matariki.Matariki is the maori celebration of the new year and it is marked by the arrival of the seven stars. It would be celebrated as the maori new year and it will be celebrated between May to July. After a discussion with my class everyone decided that Matariki should be a national holiday. It would be celebrated as the maori new year and it will be celebrated between May and July.
I believe that the advantage of having Matariki as a national holiday is that it encourages the study and learning about astronomy and the importance to cultures. It is our responsibility to keep the Maori tradition alive and we need to continue to learn more about it. Others must agree that the whole of New Zealand know more about other countries than our own so this is why we need more Maori national holidays.In fact only 69% out of 1000 New Zealanders aged over 18 knows about matariki. For instance do you know about the story of parihaka, it happened on the same day as guy fawkes but two hundred years after. Matariki is a chance to learn more about our Maori culture. It is also really important to learn more about the cultures of the world including Maori, and that’s what Matariki should be about. Then there would be understanding
with different cultures around the world.
The other reason why we need Matariki as a public holiday because we have limited public holiday but some of them are only half days and people still work on those days and there is only 9 days that are holidays out of 260 working days and out of those 9 days three of them have to do with New Zealand and our history. Matariki is a time for people to be with their family and no one is to be working no one.
We need an other holiday and more education on our maori culture.please considor my letter and take it to parliment. We are counting on you to make this happen. Thank you for reading this letter
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