Labour leader Jacinda Ardern has promised to make Matariki a public holiday if her party is re-elected.
Ardern made the announcement while campaigning in Rotorua this morning.
She said that “Matariki will be a distinctly New Zealand holiday and a time for reflection, celebration, and to look to the future as we take increasing pride in our unique national identity.”
The last public holiday introduced was Waitangi Day nearly 50 years ago.
This move would mean New Zealand would have a total of 12 public holidays and it would break up the winter period.
A group of experts will help determine an exact date but Ardern expected it would always fall on a Monday or a Friday within Matariki.
She said the new holiday would not take effect until 2022 to give businesses time to prepare.