NZ Public Holidays 2017

Kia ora! We love New Zealand and we love its holidays even more.

Holiday Date
New Year's Day January, Sunday 1st (observed Tuesday 3rd)
Day after New Year's Day January, Monday 2nd
Wellington Anniversary January, Monday 23rd
Auckland Anniversary January, Monday 30th
Nelson Anniversary January, Monday 30th
Waitangi Day February, Monday 6th
Taranaki Anniversary March, Monday 13th
Otago Anniversary March, Monday 20th
Daylight Saving ends April, Sunday 2nd
Good Friday April, Friday 14th
Easter Monday April, Monday 17th
Easter Tuesday ? April, Tuesday 18th
Southland Anniversary April, Tuesday 18th
ANZAC Day April, Tuesday 25th
Queen's Birthday June, Monday 5th
Daylight Saving starts September, Sunday 24th
South Canterbury Anniversary September, Monday 25th
Hawke's Bay Anniversary October, Friday 20th
Labour Day October, Monday 23rd
Marlborough Anniversary October, Monday 30th
Canterbury Anniversary November, Friday 17th
Chatham Islands Anniversary November, Monday 27th
Westland Anniversary December, Monday 4th
Christmas Day December, Monday 25th
Boxing Day December, Tuesday 26th

Your guide to the New Zealand Public Holiday

Shop Opening Days

Most shops are required to be closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day, and the morning of Anzac Day (until 1pm).

Monday-ised

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. You can get more information on how this affects business and employees on the government employment website http://employment.govt.nz/.

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 :(

Anniversary Days

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.

Auckland Anniversary Day

Auckland Anniversary Day is actually the 29th of January but it is observed on the Monday closest to that date. Auckland Anniversary applies to the Auckland Province which includes Northland, Auckland, Waikato, King Country, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne and East Coast Regions.

Taranaki Anniversary Day

Taranaki Anniversary Day is actually the 31st of March but it is observed on the second Monday of March. Taranaki Anniversary applies to the Taranaki Region which includes Inglewood, Waitara, Hawera, Stratford, and Eltham.

Hawke's Bay Anniversary Day

Hawke's Bay Anniversary Day is actually the 1st of November but it is observed on the Friday before Labour Day.

Wellington Anniversary Day

Wellington Anniversary Day is actually the 22nd of January but it is observed on the Monday closest to that date. Wellington Anniversary applies to the Wellington Province which includes Wellington, Whanganui, Palmerston North, Kapiti, Feilding, Levin and Masterton.

Nelson Anniversary Day

Nelson Anniversary Day is actually the 1st of February but it is observed on the Monday closest to that date.

Marlborough Anniversary Day

Marlborough Anniversary Day is actually the 1st of November but it is observed on the first Monday after Labour Day.

Westland Anniversary Day

Westland Anniversary Day is actually the 1st of December but it is observed on the Monday closest to that date. This date can vary outside of Greymouth.

Canterbury Anniversary Day

Canterbury Anniversary Day is actually the 16th of December but it is observed on the second Friday after the first Tuesday in November. This is also Christchurch Show Day. Canterbury Anniversary applies to the North and Central Canterbury Regions which include Christchurch and Ashburton.

South Canterbury Anniversary Day

South Canterbury Anniversary Day is actually the 16th of December but it is observed on the fourth Monday in September. This is also Dominion Day which is the anniversary of New Zealand being granted Dominion status within the British Empire (1907).

Otago Anniversary Day

Otago Anniversary Day is actually the 23rd of March but it is observed on the Monday closest to that date.

Southland Anniversary Day

Southland Anniversary Day is actually the 17th of January but it is observed on Easter Tuesday. This was decided in December 2011 by the mayors of Invercargill, Southland, and Gore districts.

Chatham Islands Anniversary Day

Chatham Islands Anniversary Day is actually the 30th of November but it is observed on the Monday closest to that date.

Waitangi Day

Waitangi Day is on the 6th of February every year and commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi (Tiriti o Waitangi). It's also summer in New Zealand and a great day to head to the beach with family and celebrate. 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.

Easter

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.[3] 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)

Easter Tuesday

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.

ANZAC Day

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.

Queen's Birthday

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.

Labour Day

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

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 think "looking forward to summer". Daylight Saving ends in Autumn on the first Sunday in April. Clocks get put back from 3.00am to 2.00am so again remember the season and think (with a sigh) "we're nearly back to winter". A more american way to remember is "Spring forward and Fall (Autumn) back".