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New Zealand Declares March 18 Mourning Public Holiday

Source: The Otago Daily Times (Otago)
Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011
Most recent follow-up news item: January 10, 2012

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.

The aforementioned, March 18, one-off public holiday will be limited to New Zealand's Province of Canterbury.

In a separate announcement, New Zealand's Minister of Labour, Kate Wilkinson, has stated that normal rules for holiday pay and entitlements, such as time of in lieu and time and a half would apply to those in Canterbury Province who are required to work on March 18, 2011.

Last week (2011-03-03), the Government of New Zealand had announced that it was considering the declaration of a one-off national mourning public holiday in conjunction with a memorial service for the victims of the recent Christchurch earthquake. At that time, the public holiday was envisaged as being nationwide and expected to occur on March 22, the 1 month anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake.

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