Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Matariki should be a public holiday

Matariki Should be a public Holiday This week was the start of Matariki. Matariki is a signal to maori that new year is here. Matariki is a cluster of stars (7 stars) that comes out at the end of June. In our class we have been having a discussion and we finally decided that matariki should be a public. I am writing a persuasive writing to persuade the Government that Matariki should be a public holiday.

Matariki should be a public holiday.

Have you ever wondered what Matariki is? If you know what Matariki is, have you ever seen it in the night sky before? Matariki is usually appears at the end of June when the new moon can be seen but the time always changes, when Matariki appears it means to the Maori culture that another year had passed. By then, the Maori reflect and make goals for the year ahead. They also remember the people that passed away. This is a magnificent day and it should be recognized by everyone in New Zealand as a public holiday and everyone can get a day off and look at the stars. Here is two main reasons why I think that Matariki should be a public holiday for everyone.

My first reason is so we can learn about astronomy by spending the night with your family with a telescope and looking at the stars. I have a challenge for you, see if you can spot Matariki in the night sky. Others might argue there will be one days wage lost but it will still be worth it by spending the time with your family. I believe that you might also go to a feast and the local Maori might teach you how to navigate using the stars. In fact how to navigate using the stars was nearly forgotten.

Secondly, Maori’s stories are unique just like any other country in the whole world. By celebrating Matariki there might be more and more people that want to learn about the Maori stories or myths. Some people might say that no one will pay the bill for the fireworks but I think the money should be from our tax. Also who wouldn’t want a day off school or work, well I would. Out of 1000 only 68% know about Matariki and more that knows about Chinese new year. I know that there is 9 public holidays but there is only three that is actually New Zealand holidays and 1 that is a argument between two tribes.

In conclusion I think that Matariki should be a public holiday because Maori’s stories are unique and people could learn more about Matariki. Please help us organise a public event to help us persuade the mayor that Matariki should be a public holiday. I know you are a hardworking man so you can do with a day off to spend with your family without worrying about anything.

What did I do/Learn?
W.A.L.T use persuasive writing
For example, counter arguments, statistics...
What did I like?
I liked when the teacher gave us time to buddy edit because Isha gave me mistakes that I didn’t see.
What would I do differently next time?
Next time I will use some cause and effect

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