A great idea

Auckland City Harbour News - - LETTERS -

‘‘New Zealand Day’’, Auck­land City Har­bour News, Fe­bru­ary 1. Yes! What a great idea. And a pos­si­ble best date for it would be to co­in­cide with Matariki, to re­spect the first peo­ples of th­ese is­lands.

And then, maybe we could cel­e­brate and pay our respects to the mul­tira­cial, mul­ti­cul­tural na­tion Aotearoa/New Zealand has since be­come.

Some events come to mind (in no par­tic­u­lar or­der):

Eid al-Fitr, Mus­lim, end of Ra­madam

Burns Night, or St An­drew’s Day, Scot­land

Dae­bor Eum, Korean Great Full Moon Chi­nese New Year Easter and Christ­mas, Chris­tian Di­wali, Hindu St Pa­trick’s Day, Ire­land. I’m sure there are more. I be­lieve the Pa­cific Is­lands peo­ple who con­trib­ute so much to New Zealand’s qual­ity have many cel­e­bra­tions for us all to share.

And then there are other sorts of cat­e­gory:

Women’s Suf­frage Day (af­ter all, New Zealand was the first) Chil­dren’s Day United Na­tion’s Day. So lets go for it. What’s wrong with a four-day work­ing week?

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