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The Queen’s Birth­day pub­lic hol­i­day should be re­placed as soon as pos­si­ble.

The Queen rep­re­sents the im­por­tant role Bri­tain has played in cre­at­ing this coun­try’s iden­tity, like so many oth­ers.

Her royal fam­ily wed­dings are in­ter­na­tional spec­ta­cles.

But we have a limited amount of pub­lic hol­i­days that we can use to cel­e­brate things in this coun­try.

Ma¯ori cul­ture is so pre­cious, and a lot of peo­ple beyond these is­lands don’t know much about it at all.

Heck, a lot of peo­ple on these is­lands fail to ap­pre­ci­ate how rare and special it is.

So let’s use our pub­lic hol­i­days to cel­e­brate some­thing uniquely New Zealand.

The mayor of Welling­ton wants Queen’s Birth­day re­placed with Matariki. That’s a good idea.

If we all thought about it, could we come up with an even bet­ter one? Let’s have some­thing we can cher­ish, that’s more than just a day off work.

- Se­nior re­porter Jared Nicoll NEWS TIPS: Jared Nicoll 04 474 0519 e: jared.nicoll@stuff.co.nz NEWS DI­REC­TOR: Shar­ron Par­doe 04 474 0165 e: edi­tor@kmananews.co.nz LET­TERS TO THE EDI­TOR: edi­tor@kmananews.co.nz SALES MAN­AGER: Jason Radovanovich 027 278 7291 e: jason.radovanovich@stuff.co.nz CLAS­SI­FIED AD­VER­TIS­ING IN­QUIRIES: 04 473 9999 e: Welling­tonClas­si­fieds@stuff.co.nz DIS­PLAY & DIG­I­TAL AD­VER­TIS­ING: Karla Mag­ill 027 404 7270 e: karla.mag­ill@stuff.co.nz DE­LIV­ERY IN­QUIRIES: 04 237 8118 e: fixmy­de­liv­ery.co.nz PICK UP YOUR KAPI-MANA NEWS AT: Pa¯taka Mu­seum, Porirua Li­brary, Tawa Li­brary, Whitby Mall, the in­for­ma­tion desk at North City Mall

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