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Public holiday dates - 2016

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

  Actual Date Observed 2016notes
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 varies Friday 25 March
Easter Monday varies Monday 28 March
ANZAC Day 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 December or Tuesday 27 December
Boxing Day 26 December Monday 26 December

The Anniversary Day of the Province in which an employee works is observed as follows:

Province Actual Date Observed 2016notes
Auckland 29 January Monday 1 February
Taranaki 31 March Monday 14 March
Hawke's Bay 1 November Friday 21 October
Wellington 22 January Monday 25 January
Marlborough 1 November Monday 31 October
Nelson 1 February Monday 1 February
Canterbury 16 December Friday 11 November
Canterbury (South) 16 December Monday 26 September
Westland 1 December Monday 28 November
Otago 23 March Monday 21 March
Southland 17 January Tuesday 29 March
Chatham Islands 30 November Monday 28 November

Notes

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/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* From 1 January 2014 the public holiday for ANZAC Day and Waitangi Day will be “Mondayised” if they fall on a Saturday or Sunday.
Easter Easter dates confirmed by Catholic Church.
Provinces These relate to the former Provinces of 19th Century New Zealand and are not related to or determined by present-day Districts or Regions.
Provincial Anniversary Days These are generally observed on the Monday nearest to the actual day with exceptions listed below.
Taranaki Anniversary Moves to 2nd Monday in March to avoid Easter.
Hawke's Bay Anniversary Moves to Friday before Labour Day.
Marlborough Anniversary 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.
Westland Anniversary Varies throughout Westland, but Greymouth observes the official day.
Otago Anniversary As there is no easily determined single day of local observance for Otago 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 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 Department's mediation service.
Southland Anniversary In December 2011 the three southern Mayors decided Southland Anniversary Day will be celebrated on Easter Tuesday