Public Holidays 2016 and 2017
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New Zealand celebrates 11 national holidays. Of these 11 holidays, 10 are celebrated in each providence and then one date is a national holiday that is celebrated only in each providence. Provincial holidays occur throughout the year.
National holidays are regulated under the Holiday Act 2003. This Act sets forth the 11 national holidays that are celebrated and provides the government with the authority to declare one-time national holidays or present ideas for new reoccurring holidays to Parliament.
Subsection 50 of the Holiday Act requires employers to provide employees with a paid day off for all national holidays if these holidays occur on a regular working day. Holidays which occur on a day of rest (Sunday) are not considered a paid holiday if that employee would normally not work that day. If the employee would normally work on any day considered a national holiday, employers must pay that employee no less than one and a half times their hourly rate for every hour worked on those days.
With the exception of New Year’s Day, Christmas and the Provincial holidays, all holidays must remain on the date they occur. Provincial holidays are generally moved to the closest Monday (either prior or future) to their celebration date. When the Christmas and New Year holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday they are officially recognised on the following Monday.
Indigenous, Cultural, and Religious Holidays
New Zealand has a large indigenous population that has other celebrations that are enjoyed throughout the year. These celebrations, however, are not considered national holidays and are not recognised by the government of New Zealand. Businesses are not required to provide paid days off for these events.
The diverse population of New Zealand also leads to many specific cultural and religious celebrations. These celebrations are not considered national holidays by the government of New Zealand.
Public holidays in New Zealand are special days off provided to employees by law, in addition to annual leave. There are 10 national public holidays celebrated each year, plus one anniversary day celebrated by each province.
Some public holidays always fall on a weekday. However for Christmas Day and New Years Day, these public holidays are transferable to the following Monday if the actual date falls on a weekend.
Public Holidays 2016
|1 Jan||Fri||New Year's Day|
|2 Jan||Sat||Day after New Year's Day|
|4 Jan||Mon||New Year's Day Holiday *|
|25 Jan||Mon||Wellington Anniversary Day|
|1 Feb||Mon||Auckland Anniversary Day|
|1 Feb||Mon||Nelson Anniversary Day|
|6 Feb||Sat||Waitangi Day|
|8 Feb||Mon||Waitangi Day
|14 Mar||Mon||Taranaki Anniversary Day|
|21 Mar||Mon||Otago Anniversary Day|
|25 Mar||Fri||Good Friday|
|28 Mar||Mon||Easter Monday|
|29 Mar||Mon||Southland Anniversary Day|
|25 Apr||Mon||ANZAC Day|
|6 Jun||Mon||Queen's Birthday|
|26 Sep||Mon||Canterbury (South) Anniversary Day|
|21 Oct||Fri||Hawkes' Bay Anniversary Day|
|24 Oct||Mon||Labour Day|
|31 Oct||Mon||Marlborough Anniversary Day|
|11 Nov||Fri||Canterbury Anniversary Day|
|28 Nov||Mon||Westland Anniversary Day|
|28 Nov||Mon||Chatham Islands Anniversary Day|
|25 Dec||Sun||Christmas Day|
|26 Dec||Mon||Boxing Day|
|27 Dec||Tue||Christmas Day
Note: * These public holidays are observed on the actual day when they fall on a weekday. When they fall on a Saturday/Sunday:
- If the employee would normally have worked on the Saturday/Sunday, the public holiday is observed on the Saturday/Sunday
- If the employee would not normally have worked on the Saturday/Sunday, the public holiday is observed on the following Monday/Tuesday
Public Holidays 2017
|1 Jan||Sun||New Year's Day|
|2 Jan||Mon||Day after New Year's Day|
|23 Jan||Mon||Wellington Anniversary Day|
|30 Jan||Mon||Auckland Anniversary Day|
|30 Jan||Mon||Nelson Anniversary Day|
|6 Feb||Mon||Waitangi Day|
|13 Mar||Mon||Taranaki Anniversary Day|
|20 Mar||Mon||Otago Anniversary Day|
|14 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|17 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|18 Apr||Tue||Southland Anniversary Day|
|25 Apr||Tue||ANZAC Day|
|5 Jun||Mon||Queen's Birthday|
|25 Sep||Mon||Canterbury (South) Anniversary Day|
|20 Oct||Fri||Hawkes' Bay Anniversary Day|
|23 Oct||Mon||Labour Day|
|30 Oct||Mon||Marlborough Anniversary Day|
|17 Nov||Fri||Canterbury Anniversary Day|
|27 Nov||Mon||Chatham Islands Anniversary Day|
|4 Dec||Mon||Westland Anniversary Day|
|25 Dec||Mon||Christmas Day|
|26 Dec||Tue||Boxing Day|