Public holidays

What are our public holidays?

We have 11 paid public holidays every year (New Years Day, January 2nd, Provincial Anniversary Day, Waitangi Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day, Queen’s Birthday, Labour Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day)

The Christmas and New Year holidays (Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and January 2nd) can carry over to the Monday after the holiday if they happen on a weekend and you don’t normally work weekends.

What do I get for working on a public holiday?

To work out what you would get for working on a public holiday, ask yourself the question:

“Would I have normally worked on that day?”

  • If the answer is “Yes” and you don't work, you're entitled to be paid out for the public holiday.
  • If the answer is “Yes” and you work on the public holiday, you're entitled to be paid time-and-a-half and be provided with an alternative holiday (sometimes called a “day in lieu”)
  • If the answer is “No” and you work on the public holiday, you're entitled to be paid time-and-a-half, but not to the alternative holiday
  • If the answer is “No” and you don't work, you're not entitled to be paid out for the public holiday

To help work out an otherwise working day you may want to look at the Department of Labour’s Holiday Online Tool.

What can I do if I have been told to work a public holiday?

Your employer can tell you to work on a public holiday when:

  • the public holiday falls on a day you that you normally would have worked but for the fact it is a public holiday, and
  • your employment agreement says that you may be required to work on public holidays.

If you want to take the time off instead of working on a public holiday you need to talk it over with your employer.