There’s been a bit of talk recently about New Zealand getting a new public holiday. I for one, am all fucking for it.
The last few public holidays this year were a bit of a rip off. I had actually planned to spend my Easter break in Australia. I spent it working instead. I spent ANZAC day at home, like everyone else in the country. We now only have Queen’s Birthday next week and then we’re into the five day working week hellhole until October when Labour Day saves us.
Because I’m sure the New Zealand government avidly reads craccum (not). I’ve got my top five list of public holiday ideas. Take note.
5: Field Days
This would be so widely embraced by boomers and the National Party it could actually happen. The whole country gets a day off so some farmers can go check out hot new tractors in a field. Fuck yeah.
4: Arnott’s Shapes Day
This week we’ve accidentally ended up with a lot of Shapes content and fuck it, we may as well have a whole public holiday in honour of them. I love Shapes. Let’s do this.
3: Student’s Day
Ha! Imagine if the government did something for students. Anyway, to commemorate students, buy a box of Double Browns, open all the windows in your house to feel the cold and take on a large amount of debt!
2: Ashley Bloomfield Day
I mean give the man a day! A top notch kiwi bloke just tackling COVID-19 one day at a time. Spend the day at home with your family, all businesses closed, ala Level Four.
1: Athletic’s Day
Remember in High school when you’d have Athletic’s Day and you’d just chill out on the bleachers and spend the day having a yarn with your friends and not actually doing anything. Yeah, pay me to do that.
In all seriousness, make Matariki a public holiday. It’s a great time of year for a break, it celebrates something actually significant and it’s a public holiday that (most importantly) recognises Mātauranga Māori. Kai pai.
With exams just over the horizon, I thought I would touch on the importance of taking a break.
Listen, I get it. Assignments are coming due. Exams are creeping closer and closer. You feel as though you don’t have the time to work on anything but your university work – that you have to cut out all other activities and focus in entirely on lecture recordings and text books.
But that’s not true at all. You can get good grades and still have time to do the things you want to do. Here’s how:
PS. Check your Canvas assignment tab this week. I spent the whole semester thinking my 70% law assignment was due on the 5th of July. Then I checked my assignment tab – and realised it was due on the 5th of June. Let this be a warning to you all.