The Matariki cluster will send Aotearoa a new public holiday next year.
The actual date of Matariki will move but is expected to always fall on a Friday or Monday.
The first day off will be Friday June 24 in 2022.
Government advice suggests the new Matariki public holiday will cost businesses between $377 - $448 million.
But that advice does not include any potential economic benefits from the new public holiday, set to be introduced from next year.
The estimated cost has come under fire from ACT leader David Seymour who said the public holiday amounted to a tax on business.
Seymour suggested that the Government get rid of another public holiday to make way for Matariki.
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