Kanoa Lloyd: Public holiday for Matariki is so obvious, it should already exist

OPINION: You know when something is so obvious you're not sure why it doesn't exist already?

Like spray-on wrapping paper - brilliant. And here's another thing we can all agree on: a day off work! And I'm suggesting something uniquely ours. Matariki should be a National holiday by now.

Let's start with the story - when sky father Ranginui and earth mother Papatuanuku were separated by their children, Tawhirimatea, the god of the wind, became so angry he tore out his eyes and threw them into the heavens. Matariki means eyes of the gods.

Traditionally, Matariki celebrates a time of harvest and remembrance. What Matariki needs is fireworks and a day off! Who's got the fireworks? Guy Fawkes? Who cares about that guy?

Some 400 year-old religious nutter failed to blow up British parliament and we celebrate by shooting off fireworks - doesn't make sense, I'll take that.

And what about the day off? Queen's Birthday? Not much of a birthday: There isn't even cake. Or presents. And it isn't her birthday. She won't care if we take it.

Even if we don't cancel Liz's not-birthday, we could have an extra day off. Most countries have 13 stats a year, while we've only got 11.

The last time someone tried to make Matariki a public holiday was Maori Party MP Rahui Katene back in 2009. She failed then - but maybe Matariki's time has finally come.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at the moment, the holiday is "not on our agenda to change", but admitted she thinks "some of the local initiatives are great".

Perfect, I'll take that as a thumbs up!

So let's ditch the queen's pretend birthday, let's knick What's-his-name's fireworks - and let's make a big deal of our own day.

Matariki! Made in Aotearoa!

Kanoa Lloyd is a host of Three's The Project