We are disheartened to see that Parliament failed to recognise Matariki as a national holiday. This speech by MP Rahui Katene is a powerful step in this journey and we hold out hope that one day soon it will be recognised as a national holiday affirming its place as one of celebration, remembrance and renewal.
The Chinese Embassy is trying to stop Maori Television from showing a documentary about a Muslim minority in China. In Australia, Chinese authorities went to great lengths to stop The 10 Conditions of Love playing at the Melbourne Film Festival – but were unsuccessful.
The Tai Tonga MP – Rahui Katene – who is introducing a Private Members Bill into Parliament today to recognise the Maori new year celebration Matariki – says she hopes her fellow MPs will recognise the ‘mana’ associated with this Bill not the money that might be involved.