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New Zealand Public Holidays 2017

Today – 18 December 2017 – is not a holiday in New Zealand.

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonDay after New Year's Day
23 JanMonWellington Anniversary Day
30 JanMonAuckland Anniversary Day
30 JanMonNelson Anniversary Day
6 FebMonWaitangi Day
13 MarMonTaranaki Anniversary Day
20 MarMonOtago Anniversary Day
14 AprFriGood Friday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
18 AprTueSouthland Anniversary Day
25 AprTueAnzac Day
5 JunMonQueen's Birthday
25 SepMonSouth Canterbury Anniversary Day
20 OctFriHawkes' Bay Anniversary Day
23 OctMonLabour Day
30 OctMonMarlborough Anniversary Day
17 NovFriCanterbury Anniversary Day
27 NovMonChatham Islands Anniversary Day
4 DecMonWestland Anniversary Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueBoxing Day

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.

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