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Public Holidays 2016

Published 10 Nov 2015

New Zealand Public Holidays

Actual Date


Christmas Day

25 December

Friday 25 December

Boxing Day

26 December

Saturday 26 December or Monday 28 December


New Year's Day

1 January

Friday 1 January

Day After New Year's Day

2 January

Saturday 2 January or Monday 4 January

Waitangi Day

6 February

Monday 8 February

Good Friday


Friday 25 March

Easter Monday


Monday 28 March


25 April

Monday 25 April

Queen's Birthday

1st Monday in June

Monday 6 June

Labour Day

4th Monday in October

Monday 24 October

Christmas Day

25 December

Sunday 25 or Tuesday 27 December

Boxing Day

26 December

 Monday 26 December

New Zealand Provincial Holidays

Actual Date



29 January

Monday 1 February


31 March

Monday 14 March

Hawke's Bay

1 November

Friday 21 October


22 January

Monday 25 January


1 November

Monday 31 October


1 February

Monday 1 February


16 December

Friday 11 November

South Canterbury

16 December

Monday 26 September


1 December

Monday 28 November


23 March

Monday 21 March



Tuesday 29 March

Chatham Islands

30 November

Mon 28 November

Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day & 2 January Holiday

These public holidays are observed on the actual day when they fall on a weekday.

When they fall on a Saturday or 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.

Waitangi and ANZAC Days

The public holidays for ANZAC Day and Waitangi Day are "Mondayised" if they fall on a Saturday or Sunday.

Provincial Anniversary Days

These are generally observed on the Monday nearest to the actual day.


These relate to the former Provinces of 19th Century New Zealand and are not related to or determined by present-day Districts or Regions.

Taranaki Anniversary Day

Moves to 2nd Monday in March to avoid Easter.

Hawkes Bay Anniversary Day

Moved to Friday before Labour Day.

Marlborough Anniversary Day

Observed 1st Monday after Labour Day.

Canterbury Anniversary

Northern & Central Canterbury areas observe Christchurch Show Day. The definition for the Canterbury Anniversary Day celebration as decided by Christchurch City is the second Friday after the first Tuesday in November each year. South Canterbury observes Dominion Day, the 4th Monday in September.


Varies throughout Westland, but Greymouth observes the official day.

Otago Anniversary

As there is no easily determined single day of local observance for Otago or Southland then the parties should rely on either their employment agreement or their own custom and practice. Where there is no clear custom and practice then the parties should seek to find an agreement on how they will observe Anniversary day.

If the parties are unhappy with how this matter has been handled in their workplace they can seek assistance from a Labour Inspector, or if they require help to settle agreement in their workplace they can seek assistance from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment mediation service.

Southland Anniversary

Southland Anniversary Day is celebrated on Easter Tuesday. 

While these lists have been compiled from the information provided, in good faith, we can give no guarantees of accuracy.

For more information on this and Holidays in general see the "Annual Holidays and Leave" ebook. This provides in depth information on Annual Holidays (leave and holiday pay), Public Holidays, Sick and Bereavement Leave, explanations of Relevant Daily Pay, Average Daily Pay, Gross Earnings, Ordinary Weekly Pay etc.

It is available for purchasing and downloading from annual-holidays-and-leave-product.aspx. It is free for Employer Support Package subscribers who can download it from the Dashboard Library section of the employers toolbox(