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Hawkes' Bay Anniversary Day

Hawkes’ Bay Anniversary Day 2021, 2022 and 2023

The area around Hawkes’ Bay on the eastern coast of New Zealand’s North Island was formerly Hawkes’ Bay Province, but the original provincial system was abolished in 1876. Nonetheless, the people in the region of the former province celebrate Hawkes’ Bay Anniversary Day as a public holiday each year.

YearDateDayHoliday
202122 OctFriHawkes' Bay Anniversary Day
202221 OctFriHawkes' Bay Anniversary Day
202320 OctFriHawkes' Bay Anniversary Day
202425 OctFriHawkes' Bay Anniversary Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

Hawkes’ Bay Anniversary Day commemorates the founding of Hawkes’ Bay Province on 1 November, 1858, when the area was split off from Auckland Province. However, the date of this regional public holiday (and off-work day) has been moved to the Friday immediately before Labour Day. As Labour Day falls on the fourth Monday in October, Hawkes’ Bay Anniversary Day always comes in mid to late October.

The main event of Hawkes’ Bay Anniversary Day is the Royal Agricultural Show in Hastings, hosted by the Hawkes’ Bay A & P Society. The anniversary day lands on the last day of the show. The show itself features competitions for the best sheep, horses, alpacas, and other livestock. Fairs, food stalls, games, and more may also be held.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
202023 OctFriHawkes' Bay Anniversary Day
201925 OctFriHawkes' Bay Anniversary Day
201819 OctFriHawkes' Bay Anniversary Day
201720 OctFriHawkes' Bay Anniversary Day