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So, that’s it then. That was the last long week­end for the next five months. Done. Dusted. Over. Be­fore us lies the long hard haul through win­ter and twothirds into the in­clemency of spring be­fore we get an­other three-day break.

That’d be Labour Day on Oc­to­ber 24.

It seems odd that all our pub­lic hol­i­days – Welling­ton An­niver­sary Day in­cluded – are packed into the first half of the year.

In the sec­ond half there are but two – Labour Day, and the Christ­mas Day /Box­ing Day tango.

Even if we de­clared a hol­i­day to mark Matariki, which be­gins this year on June 6, it would still fall in the first half of the year.

That, by the way, is one sug­ges­tion for re­nam­ing this an­nual royal hol­i­day with some­thing a lit­tle more Kiwi, as the monar­chy be­comes in­creas­ingly less rel­e­vant to a mod­ern New Zealand/Aotearoa.

– Richard

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