The Government has established a Matariki Advisory Group to determine when and how Aotearoa will celebrate Matariki together as a public holiday from 2022.
The Group has provided initial advice to Ministers, and a new public holiday for Matariki will be in place from 2022 – with the first falling on Friday, 24 June next year.
The Group brings together recognised experts from across Aotearoa, who have deep knowledge and understanding in both Te Ao Māori and mātauranga Māori associated with Matariki and the Maramataka (lunar calendar).
Dr Rangiānehu Matamua (pictured) has been appointed as the Chair who will lead the Group alongside members: Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, Rereata Makiha, Victoria Campbell, Dr Pauline Harris, Dr Ruakere Hond and Jack Thatcher.
Over the next 16 months, the Group will provide advice to Ministers on:
- A date for a Matariki public holiday over the next 30 years,
- how best to celebrate Matariki, and
- what education and community resources are needed to improve understanding and knowledge of Matariki across Aotearoa.
The Group will lead consultation with Māori, Pacific people and other interested parties on future dates and how Matariki’s importance should be recognised shortly.
Te Arawhiti and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment will provide joint secretariat support to the Group.