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New Zealand 'Monday-ised' Public Holidays Progress

Source: The New Zealand Herald (Auckland)
Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Most recent follow-up news item: February 4, 2021

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.

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 and had its first reading the following summer (2012-07-25), which it passed, as had been predicted by New Zealand's Labour Party leader, David Shearer, the week before (2012-07-17).

Finally, last fall (2012-09-14), the bill's author presented his arguments to a select committee of the Parliament of New Zealand.

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