Matariki: ‘historic’ moment as New Zealand celebrates first Indigenous public holiday

“This is a historic moment for all of us,” associate minister for arts, culture and heritage Kiri Allan said as the legislation passed. “It will be the first national holiday to specifically recognise and celebrate mātauranga Māori [Māori scientific traditions],” she said, giving “a unique, new opportunity to embrace our distinctive national identity and helps to establish our place as a modern Pacific nation”.