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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.

An employer and employee can also 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’.


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.

[*] ANZAC Day and Waitangi Day are “Mondayised” if they fall on a Saturday or Sunday.