A national day marking the 19th-century New Zealand Wars has been set: October 28.
It is same day as the signing of the 1835 Declaration of Independence.
The first commemoration day, in 2017, will be hosted by the Te Taitokerau tribes in Northland.
After that, the commemorations will move from year to year to recognise battle sites around the country.
This is a commemoration day, not a public holiday. So no day off work.
Having said that I’d be in favour of swapping Labour Day for NZ Wars Day – a far more relevant day.