Professor Rangi Mātāmua, an expert in astronomy and a leader in Māori culture, has been named the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year for 2023.
Professor Mātāmua has made a big, positive impact on the country by promoting Māori knowledge and culture.
He helped create a new public holiday called Matariki, which celebrates the start of the Māori new year. Last year was the first year that Matariki was celebrated in New Zealand.
During his acceptance speech, Professor Mātāmua explained that Matariki is a time for relaxation and coming together. He also joked that the holiday gave New Zealanders a four-day working week last year.