2. Matariki bill heads to Caucus

Labour MP Paul Eagle. Photo: Lynn Grieveson

A proposal to make Matariki a national holiday has gone to Labour’s Maori Caucus.

Labour MP Paul Eagle said if it gets approved there it will then head to Labour’s wider caucus. At that point the proposal could become a bill and eventually law.

Eagle said that there is currently widespread support in the Labour caucus for the proposal, although the bill would be a private member’s bill, not a Government bill.

Responding to a call from Wellington Mayor Justin Lester to replace Queens’ Birthday with Matariki, Eagle said that he would look at replacing other holidays as well.

“We would… look at whether we replace another public holiday or put in place a new public holiday,” Eagle said.

Eagle could not say when he hoped a bill would introduced.