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Public holidays

Read about holidays during regular annual closedowns.


Employees are entitled to a paid day off on a public holiday if it would otherwise
be a working day. These public holidays are separate from and additional to annual holidays.

The public holidays

There are two groups of holidays, with slightly differing entitlements applying to each:

The public holidays over the Christmas and New Year period, and Waitangi Day and ANZAC Day have special arrangements:

Over the Christmas and New Year period:

And for Waitangi Day and Anzac Day:

If the holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday and that day would otherwise be a working day for the employee, the holiday remains at the traditional day and the employee is entitled to that day off on pay”


More information on whether a day would ‘otherwise be a working day’ can be found in the section ‘Taking a public holiday’.

All other public holidays are celebrated on the day on which they fall.

Following the Holidays Amendment Act 2010 an employer and employee can now agree to transfer a public holiday from the day listed in the Holidays Act 2003 to another day. See further details below under ‘Transferring a public holiday’.

[*] From 1 January 2014, ANZAC Day and Waitangi Day will be “Mondayised” if they fall on a Saturday or Sunday.