Halloween: The non New Zealand celebration


Yesterday was Halloween. I heard that it is to do with the harvest ending in October in the U.S.

In New Zealand Halloween is an imported occasion, not an indigenous one. In New Zealand that is April.

However, Rhonwyn Newson in 2017 suggested Halloween is here to stay and that we should embrace it. I disagree. Completely.

Coming just a few days after A.N.Z.A.C. Day and just as 2nd term begins, this is not so feasible for New Zealanders. We shall not blame Samuel Duncan Parnell and the 40 hour working week he sought for clashing with the wanton desires of others to get dressed as witches, grim reapers, axe wielding baddies and so forth. And even if New Zealanders were silly enough to, whether we are willing to acknowledge fringe activity or not, furthering what Mr Parnell was seeking to do, will have its benefits.

But I have to be honest. It has little to do with New Zealand culture. My family never grew up placing any importance on it. A few days after spending a long Labour Weekend whitebaiting, playing pool and playing Billionaire at an old homestead in Okains Bay, an expensive costume themed dress up that neither I or my brother to the best of my knowledge cared about, was the least of our interests.

And even though said pursuits have not happened at Okains Bay since 2007, they have gone some distance towards helping to determine my empathy (or complete lack thereof) with Halloween.

If we should put importance on anything it is developing New Zealand themed days. But if we do that, let us build on existing holidays and events. Matariki, which is the Maori New Year is the most relevant.

Let us make Matariki something big, worthy of fireworks and paegentry. Let us use it to acknowledge Maori/Maoridom and Maori issues outside the ones you see on the media.

he Maori New Year for example

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