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The year is un­der­way and we are back into the swing of things.

First pub­lic hol­i­day done and dusted and it was very pleas­ant. The vibe of Wai­tangi Day seemed very peace­ful and warm, with the new Prime Min­is­ter mak­ing a pos­i­tive im­pres­sion with iwi and vis­i­tors. Cer­tainly a dif­fer­ent day to past years with all sorts of un­usual items be­ing fired at the gov­ern­ment’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

An is­land away, Op­po­si­tion leader Bill English was do­ing Wai­tangi with the Nga¯i Tahu at Te Rau Aroha Marae in Bluff.

Our next pub­lic hol­i­day is Otago An­niver­sary Day in March, then Easter, An­zac Day and Queen’s Birth­day, then months and months un­til Labour Day!

I think we need one in the mid­dle there some­where. Maybe ‘‘Need a Break Day’’ or ‘‘PreLabour Day’’ or ‘‘Net­flix Binge Day’’. Or name it af­ter awell­known Kiwi: Ed­mund Hil­lary Day, The Sam Neill Short Break or Taika Waititi Hol­i­day. Maybe we are just too spoiled and have too many hol­i­days through­out the year, or maybe I just need to harden-up and stop whinge­ing?

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NEWS DIREC­TOR: Ge­off Mein, Ge­, 027 200 4404

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