Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Matariki should be a public holiday.

This week was the start of Matariki- Matariki is a Maori celebration that happens when the stars of Matariki(seven sisters) appear in the sky. After a discussion we have decided that Matariki should become a public holiday so that people can spend time together and learn about our unique Maori culture. Here is my persuasive letter to ask Ms Arden for her support.


1076 Street St
Tāmaki Makaurau


Rāapa Tekau Ma Toru Pipiri


Dear Ms Ardern,


My name is Tareeq Smith and I am a Year 6 student at Halsey Drive School. This week we have been learning about the significance and importance of Matariki. We have discussed the issue and finally decided that Matariki should get some significance and it deserves to be a New Zealand national public holiday.


I believe that it is important to acknowledge the importance of New Zealand’s bi cultural history, by making Matariki a public holiday. The Maori culture is entirely unique and special to New Zealand, therefore it is our responsibility to teach people about the stories, language and history of the Maori people. Matariki is a celebration of the new year, signalled by the arrival of the seven stars in the sky. By teaching children the stories, they are going to want to learn more and it will be passed onto the future generations. It is crucial that as Kiwis we need to keep our history so it is not lost.  


Currently in New Zealand we only have 9 public holidays, 5 of those days shops are still open. This means that many hardworking families don’t get to spend much time together.  Out of 9, only 3 of these holidays are related to New Zealand’s events or history. Making Matariki a public holiday where all the non essential workers are given the day off to spend time with their whanau. By organising large public events on Matariki it would bring families and communities together while teaching them about its history.



Without doubt, making Matariki a national holiday it will help communities to get to know each while allowing busy families to spend more time together. It will also help to spread knowledge and understanding of New Zealand’s bi-cultural history. Ms Ardern if you can please show this to everyone at the parliament, thank you for your time.


Yours sincerely,


Tareeq Smith


What did I do/Learn?
W.A.L.T: use persuasive language
For example counter arguments, facts

W.A.L.T: use the correct structure for a letter.
What did I like?
I liked using step by step construction because it was a bit easier.
What would I do differently next time?
I think I could use different punctuation next time.


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