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Cook Islands Releases 2021-2022 Public Holidays

Source: Office of Prime Minister Organization (Avarua)
Posted: Friday, October 9, 2020


The government of the Cook Islands has released the Changes Bulletin Amendment NR 17 which contains the list of official annual non-working public holidays in the Cook Islands, for the upcoming calendar years 2021-2022.

The aforementioned announcement of the list of official non-working public holidays in the Cook Islands, for the calendar years 2021-2022, is contained in section GEN 2.1 of the Changes Bulletin Amendment NR 17 (Public Holidays table amended to include 2021/2022), and specifies that "Where these dates fall on a weekend day, a holiday will be observed on the next available weekday".

Section GEN 2.1 of the Changes Bulletin Amendment NR 17 confirms the terms of the 2003 clarification by Cook Islands' Prime Minister's Office chief of staff, Joe Caffery, on the list of public holidays in the Cook Islands and the dates on which they are to be observed (2003-12-08), as usual (2020-01-10, 2019-01-07, 2018-01-10, 2017-01-23, 2016-01-26, 2015-01-08, 2014-01-20, 2013-01-27, 2011-11-03 and 2010-07-25).

Since then, the Public Holidays (Ra O Te Ui Ariki) Amendment Bill 2011 has modified the list of Cook Islands public holidays by declaring July 6 as a new annual non-working public holiday in the Cook Islands, beginning in 2012 (2011-07-15).

Interestingly, the list of 2021 public holidays in the Cook Islands confirms that the Cook Islands follows the Australian CAF agreement, effective since 2010, but without effect until 2021, whereby when ANZAC Day falls on a Sunday, all Australian states and territories observe a day in lieu public holiday on the following working day (2009-01-15).



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