At the pōwhiri – her fourth as Prime Minister – Ardern had announced the first Matariki holiday would be on June 24, 2022.
That was applauded by those present – a much smaller crowd than normal after a number of those who usually attend opted to stay away following the recent Covid-19 case in Northland.
However, Ngāpuhi elder Hone Sadler reminded Ardern of other problems Māori faced, referring to imprisonment rates, health problems, suicides and education, as well as housing
Ardern later defended the progress made on those other issues, saying not everything could be solved in a year – and denied she was simply turning up with promises she could not meet.
They’ve been in office now for three and a half years, not just one year.
And Labour failed to deliver on almost every major promise they made in 2017.
She said she would never give up on trying to make progress in health, housing or education.
To quote Yoda, “Do. Or do not. There is no try”