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Public holiday dates

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

For employment purposes, there are 11 public (also known as statutory) holidays provided under the Holidays Act 2003. The Act lists the holidays, but does not generally set dates for them.

From our enquires with the various organisations associated with the fixing of public holidays, we have compiled lists for each year through to 2021.

You can get school holiday dates from the Ministry of Education [external site].

In the links directly above, you can select the year of your choice to find the public holiday dates for that year.

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

From 1 January 2014 the public holiday for ANZAC Day and Waitangi Day will be “Mondayised” if they fall on a Saturday or Sunday.

This means, if Waitangi Day or ANZAC Day fall on a Saturday or Sunday:

  • For employees who would not otherwise work on that Saturday or Sunday, the public holiday must be treated as falling on the following Monday.
  • For employees who would otherwise work on that Saturday or Sunday, the public holiday must be treated as falling on that day.

The Holidays (Full Recognition of Waitangi Day and ANZAC Day) Amendment Act 2013 came into force on 1 January 2014, but will first have an effect in 2015 when ANZAC Day falls on Saturday 25 April.

Note: Celebration of Waitangi Day and ANZAC Day will still occur on the actual holiday date.