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2018 (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

  • Sep
  • 15
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  • New Zealand 2022 Public Holidays Announced

    New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (Wellington) - The New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has released the list of non-working public holidays in New Zealand for the calendar year 2022.
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  • Jul
  • 9
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  • New Zealand Mulls Matariki Public Holiday Again

    Radio New Zealand News (Wellington) - A proposal to make Matariki an annual non-working public holiday in New Zealand has gone to Labour’s Maori Caucus and then, if approved, to Labour’s wider caucus, at which point the proposal could become a bill and eventually law.
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2016

  • Aug
  • 23
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  • New Zealand Rules-Out Land Wars Public Holiday

    Radio New Zealand News (Wellington) - Following last Friday's announcement that a date was likely to be set to commemorate the New Zealand land wars, New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, earlier today, issued a statement that "a public holiday isn't on the agenda" echoed by a similar statement by New Zealand's Deputy PM, Bill English, also ruling-out the addition of a new annual non-working public holiday in New Zealand ("The Land Wars commemoration day will not be a public holiday").
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  • Jan
  • 11
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  • New Zealand Land Wars Public Holiday Momentum

    Radio New Zealand News (Wellington) - Following the petition, calling for a new annual non-working public holiday in New Zealand to mark the New Zealand Wars, gathering 7000 signatures, New Zealand's Minister of Maori Development, Te Ururoa Flavell, re-ignited the debate at last weekend's commemorations for Ruapekapeka Pa.
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2014

  • Aug
  • 20
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  • New Zealand Mulls Land Wars Public Holiday

    Radio New Zealand News (Wellington) - New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, has announced that he would consider declaring a new annual non-working public holiday in New Zealand, to mark the historic Maori land wars, if his party was still in government after the upcoming September elections.
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2013

  • Jun
  • 16
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  • New Zealand 2017 Public Holidays Amended

    New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (Wellington) - The New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has released a further amended list of non-working public holidays for the calendar year 2017.
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  • May
  • 25
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  • New Zealand 2015-2016-2020-2021 Public Holidays Amended

    New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (Wellington) - Following last month's passing of the Holidays (Full Recognition of Waitangi Day and Anzac Day) Amendment Bill, the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has released a further amended list of non-working public holidays for the calendar years 2015, 2016, 2020 and 2021.
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  • Apr
  • 17
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  • New Zealand Mondayisation Public Holidays Bill Approved

    The Parliament of New Zealand (Paremata Aotearoa) - The Mondayisation private members bill (the Holidays (Full Recognition of Waitangi Day and Anzac Day) Amendment Bill) proposing that the following Monday be an additional public holiday when Waitangi Day and Anzac Day fall on a weekend, has passed its third and final reading in the Parliament of New Zealand.
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  • Mar
  • 25
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  • New Zealand 2020-2021 Public Holidays Amended

    New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (Wellington) - The New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has released a further amended list of non-working public holidays for the calendar years 2020 and 2021.
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  • Mar
  • 13
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  • New Zealand Public Holidays Bill Passes 2nd Reading

    The Parliament of New Zealand (Paremata Aotearoa) - The Mondayisation private members bill proposing that the following Monday be a public holiday when Waitangi Day and Anzac Day fall on a weekend, has passed its second reading in the Parliament of New Zealand.
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  • Feb
  • 21
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  • New Zealand 2019-2021 Public Holidays Amended

    New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (Wellington) - The New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has released an amended list of non-working public holidays for the calendar years 2019, 2020, and 2021.
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  • Feb
  • 19
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  • New Zealand 'Monday-ised' Public Holidays Progress

    The New Zealand Herald (Auckland) - The private members bill which proposes that the following Monday be a public holiday when Waitangi Day and Anzac Day fall on a weekend which was presented last spring and passed first reading in Parliament last summer is widely expected to pass its second reading in the New Zealand Parliament tomorrow.
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  • Jan
  • 15
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  • New Zealand Provincial Public Holidays Maintained

    Southland District Council (Invercargill) - New Zealand's Southland District Council has maintained the move of the Southland Anniversary Day regional public holiday to be observed on Easter Tuesday.
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2012

  • Sep
  • 14
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  • New Zealand 'Monday-ised' Public Holidays Clarification

    The Parliament of New Zealand (Paremata Aotearoa) - The New Zealand Labour Party MP who presented a private members bill proposing that the following Monday be a public holiday when Waitangi Day and Anzac Day fall on a weekend, presented his arguments to a select committee of the Parliament of New Zealand.
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  • Jul
  • 25
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  • New Zealand 'Monday-ised' Public Holidays Bill Update

    The Parliament of New Zealand (Paremata Aotearoa) - The private members bill which proposes that the following Monday be a public holiday when Waitangi Day and Anzac Day fall on a weekend has passed first reading in Parliament, as had been predicted by New Zealand's Labour Party leader, David Shearer.
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  • Jul
  • 17
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  • New Zealand Public Holidays Amendments Update

    Radio New Zealand (Auckland) - The leader of New Zealand's Labour Party, David Shearer, has announced that he feels confident that there are enough votes to pass in its first reading last February's Member's Bill which proposes that the following Monday be a public holiday when Waitangi Day and Anzac Day fall on a weekend.
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  • Jun
  • 21
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  • New Zealand Matariki Public Holiday On Hold

    Radio New Zealand (Auckland) - New Zealand's Maori Party has announced that the legislative push to declare Matariki (Maori New Year) as a new annual non-working public holiday in New Zealand, was no longer a party priority.
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  • Feb
  • 8
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  • New Zealand Bill To 'Monday-ise' Public Holidays

    The Parliament of New Zealand (Paremata Aotearoa) - A private members bill, to always declare the Monday following a weekend public holiday as an additional non-working public holiday, was drawn from the member's bill ballot and introduced to New Zealand's Parliament yesterday.
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  • Jan
  • 10
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  • New Zealand Earthquake Public Holiday Ruled-Out

    Radio New Zealand (Auckland) - The Government of New Zealand has announced that the declaration of a one-off public holiday to commemorate the first anniversary of the February 22, 2011, Christchurch earthquake, was not under consideration.
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2011

  • Dec
  • 7
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  • New Zealand Provincial Public Holidays Amended

    Southland District Council (Invercargill) - The three mayors in New Zealand's Southland Province have announced that from 2012 onward, the Southland Anniversary Day regional public holiday would henceforth be observed on Easter Tuesday.
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  • Oct
  • 18
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  • New Zealand Public Holidays Shake-Up If Labour Wins

    New Zealand Labour Party Communique (Wellington) - New Zealand's Labour Party leader, Phil Goff, has announced that, if his party wins the upcoming general elections, it would amend the NZ Holidays Act to Mondayize all public holidays when they fall on a weekend.
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  • Mar
  • 23
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  • New Zealand Confusion About Otago Public Holiday

    The Otago Daily Times (Queenstown) - Once again this year's observance of New Zealand's Otago Day in Queenstown was patchy with many local businesses having preferred to observe the January Southland regional public holiday.
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  • Mar
  • 10
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  • New Zealand Passes Canterbury Public Holiday Bill

    TVNZ (Auckland) - The Canterbury Earthquake Commemoration Bill has been approved in New Zealand's Parliament, thus officializing the recently-announced March 18 regional public holiday.
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  • Mar
  • 7
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  • New Zealand Declares March 18 Mourning Public Holiday

    The Otago Daily Times (Otago) - New Zealand's Prime Minister, John Key, has finally announced that there would be a one-off regional public holiday on Friday, March 18, 2011, on the date of the upcoming national memorial service to honor the victims of the recent Christchurch earthquake.
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  • Mar
  • 3
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  • New Zealand Considering Mourning Public Holiday

    The New Zealand Herald (Wellington) - The Government of New Zealand has announced that it might declare a one-off national mourning public holiday in conjunction with a memorial service for the victims of the recent Christchurch earthquake.
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  • Jan
  • 28
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  • New Zealand Anzac and Waitangi Public Holidays Bill

    The New Zealand Herald (Wellington) - The leader of New Zealand's Labour Party, Phil Goff, has announced that his party would introduce a bill to ensure that if the Waitangi Day and Anzac Day public holidays fall on either a Saturday or Sunday, then the following Monday would be a public holiday.
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2010

  • Nov
  • 7
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  • New Zealand Rules Out Additional ANZAC Public Holiday

    Sunday Star Times (Wellington) - A spokesman for New Zealand's Labour Minister, Kate Wilkinson, has announced that it was "extremely unlikely" that the government would declare an additional public holiday to compensate the overlap of Easter Monday and ANZAC Day in 2011.
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  • Aug
  • 21
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  • New Zealand Introduces Public Holidays Bill

    New Zealand Parliament (Wellington) - The New Zealand government has introduced The Holidays Amendment Bill, which includes a late amendment in order to clarify the law around the Christmas and New Year public holidays.
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  • Jun
  • 23
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  • New Zealand Bill Would Declare June 25 Public Holiday

    NZ Herald News (Auckland) - New Zealand Labour Party MP, Trevor Mallard, has introduced a Bill that would make Friday, June 25, 2010, a one-off public holiday if New Zealand's "All Whites" win their World Cup Championship match against Paraguay on Friday morning (2am New Zealand time).
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  • Jun
  • 21
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  • New Zealand PM Rules Out FIFA Public Holiday

    BD News 24 (Wellington) - New Zealand's Prime Minister, John Key, has ruled out any declaration of a public holiday following "one of New Zealand's greatest sporting achievements".
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2009

  • Dec
  • 9
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  • New Zealand Clarifies Christmas And New Year Public Holidays

    NZ Department of Labour (DOL) - The New Zealand Department of Labour has sent us an email to clarify the implications of the upcoming December 26 and January 2 public holidays falling on a Saturday.
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  • Jul
  • 25
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  • New Zealand To Vote On Matariki Public Holiday

    National Business Review (NZPA) - The Matariki Day Bill was one of the two bills pulled out of this week's members' ballot, which means that the bill proposing that Maori New Year be made a public holiday will get a hearing in New Zealand's Parliament.
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  • Jun
  • 23
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  • New Zealand - No Maori New Year Public Holiday This Year

    NZ Herald News (Auckland) - Despite last-minute frantic lobbying, tomorrow, Matariki, or Maori New Year, will not be a public holiday in New Zealand.
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  • Jun
  • 17
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  • New Zealand To Consider Matariki Maori New Year Public Holiday

    Scoop (Wellington) - New Zealand's Maori Party has announced that it would introduce a private member bill into the 49th Parliament, making Matariki Maori New Year a public holiday throughout New Zealand.
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  • Jun
  • 3
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  • New Zealand To Review Public Holidays Legislation

    NZ Herald News (Wellington) - New Zealand Labour Minister, Kate Wilkinson, has announced that a governmental working group had been appointed to review the Holidays Act, which regulates the public holidays in New Zealand.
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2008

  • Sep
  • 19
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  • New Zealand Soon To Announce Hillary Commemoration

    The Dominion Post - The spokesperson for New Zealand Prime Minister, Helen Clark, said that the Government had been talking to Sir Edmund Hillary's family about how best to mark his life and that an announcement of this was not too far away. When asked specifically if this would involve a new public holiday, the spokesperson refused to rule it out.
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  • Sep
  • 1
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  • New Zealand Petition For 2011 Otago Public Holiday

    Otago Daily Times - New Zealand's Otago may get an additional 3-day weekend in the fall of 2011, if a petition soon to be presented to the Governor General is approved.
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  • Apr
  • 25
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  • New Zealand Poll Suggests Growing Support For ANZAC Day As National Day

    Radio New Zealand - A recent poll shows that 38% of those questioned supported Anzac Day (April 25) being marked as New Zealand's national day, while 52% favored keeping Waitangi Day as the national day.
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  • Jan
  • 13
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  • New Zealand Urged To Declare Edmund Hillary Public Holiday

    New Zealand Herald - Following the death of Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to reach the top of Mount Everest, there have been calls for a public holiday in his honour. Some of the ideas floated about are a new public holiday on May 29 (the anniversary of his 1953 climb), or renaming the existing Waitangi Day public holiday. Prime Minister Helen Clark said she had given "no consideration", yet.
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2007

  • Feb
  • 23
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  • New Zealand Public Holidays News Update

    newswire.co.nz - A move to have Waitangi Day renamed New Zealand Day, to be observed on the Monday of the week in which February 6 occurs, has failed after a parliamentary select committee rejected it.
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2006

  • Oct
  • 24
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  • New Zealand Public Holidays News Update

    RNZI (Auckland) - The Restaurant Association of New Zealand says about one in three restaurants are not open on public holidays because of the labour costs.
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See also: New Zealand bank holidays and public holidays for 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

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