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|New Year's Day||January, Thursday 1st|
|Day after New Year's Day||January, Friday 2nd|
|Wellington Anniversary||January, Monday 19th|
|Auckland Anniversary||January, Monday 26th|
|Nelson Anniversary||February, Monday 2nd|
|Waitangi Day||February, Friday 6th|
|Taranaki Anniversary||March, Monday 9th|
|Otago Anniversary||March, Monday 23rd|
|Good Friday||April, Friday 3rd|
|Daylight Saving ends||April, Sunday 5th|
|Easter Monday||April, Monday 6th|
|Easter Tuesday ?||April, Tuesday 7th|
|Southland Anniversary||April, Tuesday 7th|
|ANZAC Day||April, Saturday 25th or Monday 27th|
|Queen's Birthday||June, Monday 1st|
|Daylight Saving starts||September, Sunday 27th|
|South Canterbury Anniversary||September, Monday 28th|
|Hawke's Bay Anniversary||October, Friday 23rd|
|Labour Day||October, Monday 26th|
|Marlborough Anniversary||November, Monday 2nd|
|Canterbury Anniversary||November, Friday 13th|
|Westland Anniversary||November, Monday 30th|
|Chatham Islands Anniversary||November, Monday 30th|
|Christmas Day||December, Friday 25th|
|Boxing Day||December, Saturday 26th or Monday 28th|
|New Year's Day||January, Friday 1st|
|Day after New Year's Day||January, Saturday 2nd or Monday 4th|
|Wellington Anniversary||January, Monday 25th|
Your guide to the New Zealand Public Holiday
As of January the 1st 2014, Anzac Day and Waitangi day became "Mondayised" which means if they fall on a weekend, the following Monday becomes a day off work. These holidays will still be commemorated/celebrated on their actual holiday date. Confused about Anzac holiday 2015 and trading hours? Check out http://dol.govt.nz for some help.
New Year's Day & The Day After New Year's Day
These two resolution-loaded holidays are always celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of January, however, if one or both of these holidays lands on a weekend, the holiday is actually observed on the next available working weekday.
For example, in 2012 New Year's Day landed on a Sunday. The day the holiday was observed couldn't be Monday as this was already taken up by the Day after New Year's Day holiday so instead it was pushed to Tuesday the 3rd of January.
Hang on.. so if I normally worked on a Sunday, does that mean I would've gotten Sunday off *and* the following Tuesday? Nope, I'm afraid not. If you were scheduled to work that day then you get that day off and no more :(
Most provincial regions have a designated date and this date sometimes lands on a weekend. Fortunately, everyone understands our need for a holiday so if the anniversary day happens to land on a weekend, it is kindly shuffled to a Monday or a Friday so we can put our feet up or get outside and celebrate!
But which day is it shuffled to? This can vary and is sometimes agreed upon. The anniversary holiday might even be shuffled to avoid landing on or near a large holiday such as Easter.
Our politically charged Waitangi Day is on the 6th of February every year. Waitangi day is now "Mondayised". If it lands on a weekend it will be celebrated on that day, and you get the following Monday off work.
Chocolate bunny madness arrives and with it comes at least 2 days off! Good Friday and Easter Monday. For those of us in the education sector, there is often a third day off known as bonus Easter Tuesday.
How do I know which day is going to be Good Friday each year? Well, according to Wikipedia.org...
Easter and the holidays that are related to it are moveable feasts, in that they do not fall on a fixed date in the Gregorian or Julian calendars (both of which follow the cycle of the sun and the seasons). Instead, the date for Easter is determined on a lunisolar calendar similar to the Hebrew calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon (the Paschal Full Moon) following the northern hemisphere's vernal equinox. Ecclesiastically, the equinox is reckoned to be on March 21 (even though the equinox occurs, astronomically speaking, on March 20 in most years), and the "Full Moon" is not necessarily the astronomically correct date.
(I suggest you just check publicholiday.co.nz)
Is this really a public holiday? Well, not really, but if you are at school or happen to work in the education sector (includes universities) you'll know all about it. They get the day after Easter Monday off. For some, Otago Anniversary is observed on this day instead of the Monday closest to the 23rd March which can be a little confusing, and for those at Otago University it replaces your anniversary day! Southland Anniversary is also celebrated on Easter Tuesday.
The only day worth getting up at the crack of dawn for. ANZAC day is the 25th of April every year. It is also now "Mondayised". If it lands on a weekend it will be commemorated on that day, and you get the following Monday off work.
Well, this isn't *actually* the Queen's birthday but that's okay, we'll have the day off anyway. Queen's Birthday holiday is the 1st Monday in June.
This non-labouring holiday is the 4th Monday in October so you'll always find it on a Monday. Easy!
Christmas Day & Boxing Day
These holidays need no introduction and you'll find they follow exactly the same rules as New Year's Day and the Day after New Year's Day. In fact, because they are exactly 7 days apart whatever rules end up applying to Christmas, you'll find the same will happen to New Year's Day.
Anything else? What about Daylight Saving?
Daylight Saving starts in Spring on the last Sunday in September so we can get a little more sun. Clocks get put forward from 2.00am to 3.00am so remember the season and "Spring forward". Daylight Saving ends in Autumn (otherwise known a Fall) on the first Sunday in April. Clocks get put back from 3.00am to 2.00am so again, remember the season and "Fall back"
Can't remember which way the clocks go? Think of the seasons! Spring forward and Fall back.