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  • New Zealand on Thursday announced a new public holiday which will celebrate the country's Maori people.

  • It's called Martha Ricky, a celebration of the Maori New Year marked by the appearance of a star cluster known as the Pleiades.

  • Prime Minister Jacinda Arden, who had pledged to establish the public holiday during her re election campaign, made the announcement on Thursday.

  • This is not just about a public holiday.

  • It is a teaching moment, a chance to learn about something that is uniquely Marty, a chance to learn around navigational history and we will begin doing that from the year 2022.

  • And I can share for the first time today that the first celebration of metallic E after much advice from our advisory committee will be on the 24th off June 2022.

  • Our turn made her announcement at White Tongi, where over 150 years ago a treaty was signed between Maori chiefs and the British crown.

  • But that treaty has since been broken as the Maori lost much of their land under British colonization.

  • Thousands of Maori, who currently account for about 15% of New Zealand's population pro tested our turns government in 2019, saying they hadn't done enough to acknowledge their civil and social rights.

  • On Wednesday, New Zealand's government also proposed a national syllabus on Maori history.

  • The course will cover the Maoris arrival to New Zealand, the country's immigration and colonization, and the Treaty of White Tongi.

New Zealand on Thursday announced a new public holiday which will celebrate the country's Maori people.

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New Zealand declares Matariki a public holiday

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/02/05
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