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New Zealand Public Holidays Amendments Update

Source: Radio New Zealand (Auckland)
Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Most recent follow-up news item: February 4, 2021

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.

During the last New Zealand election campaign, then leader of New Zealand's Labour Party, Phil Goff, promised that his party would, if elected, 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 (2011-01-28).

However, Labour lost the 2011 general elections and that seemed to spell the end of the idea of Monday-ising the Waitangi Day and Anzac Day public holidays.

But by a luck of the draw, a similar private members bill (the Holidays (Full Recognition of Waitangi Day and Anzac Day) Amendment Bill), was drawn from the member's bill ballot and introduced to New Zealand's Parliament last February (2012-02-08) and will have its first reading next week.

Labour leader David Shearer is quoted as saying that "It looks like it's got the numbers. It'll be the first that the Government loses a Bill in the house.", based on the assumption that all the parties in New Zealand's parliament, support the bill, except for ACT and National.

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