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Holiday Calendar for New Zealand

Holiday Calendar for New Zealand for 2019-2020 years
New Zealanders observe 10 common national public holidays a year (also known as statutory holidays) legislated by the Holidays Act 2003. Stat holidays are mostly cultural, nationalistic, and religious holidays. Additionally all New Zealand’s provinces celebrate regional anniversary days also specified as public holidays.

List of National and Provincial stat holidays, and other observances in NZ for 2019-2020 years

January 2019

Monday 21 January - Wellington Anniversary Day in New Zealand (Date for 2019. Holiday is actually the 22nd of January but it is observed on the Monday closest to that date. Wellington Anniversary applies to the Wellington Province which includes Wellington, Whanganui, Palmerston North, Kapiti, Feilding, Levin and Masterton)
Monday 28 January - Auckland Anniversary Day in New Zealand (Date for 2019. Holiday is actually the 29th of January but it is observed on the Monday closest to that date. Auckland Anniversary applies to the Auckland Province which includes Northland, Auckland, Waikato, King Country, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne, East Coast Regions); Northland Anniversary Day in New Zealand (Date for 2019. It is a public holiday in Northland, where it is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed)

February 2019

Monday 4 February - Nelson Anniversary Day in New Zealand (Date for 2019. Holiday is actually the 1st of February but it is observed on the Monday closest to that date); Buller Anniversary Day in New Zealand (Date for 2019)
Wednesday 6 February - Waitangi Day, celebrates the founding of New Zealand in 1840

March 2019

Sunday 3 March - Children's Day in New Zealand (celebrated on the first Sunday in March)
Monday 11 March - Taranaki Anniversary Day in New Zealand (Date for 2019. Holiday is actually the 31st of March but it is observed on the second Monday of March. Taranaki Anniversary applies to the Taranaki Region which includes Inglewood, Waitara, Hawera, Stratford, and Eltham)
Monday 25 March - Otago Anniversary Day in New Zealand (Date for 2019. Holiday is actually the 23rd of March but it is observed on the Monday closest to that date)

April 2019

Tuesday 23 April - Southland Anniversary Day in New Zealand (Date for 2019. Holiday is actually the 17th of January but it is observed on Easter Tuesday. This was decided in December 2011 by the mayors of Invercargill, Southland, and Gore districts)
Wednesday 24 April - Kapyong Day (Australia, Canada, New Zealand)
Thursday 25 April - Anzac Day (Australia, New Zealand. It commemorates the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps - ANZAC - on the Gallipoli peninsula in 1915)

June 2019

Monday 3 June - Queen's Birthday (New Zealand, Cook Islands, Fiji; celebrated on the first Monday in June)
Wednesday 5 June - Arbor Day (New Zealand)

September 2019

Sunday 1 September - Father's Day (Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea is celebrated on the first Sunday of September)
Tuesday 3 September - Tokehega Day (Tokelau, New Zealand)
Monday 23 September - Canterbury (South) Anniversary Day in New Zealand (Date for 2019)
Thursday 26 September - Dominion Day (New Zealand)
Sunday 29 September - National Coffee Day

October 2019

Saturday 19 October - Constitution Day, in honor of the country's independence (self-governing in free association with New Zealand) in 1974. (Niue)
Friday 25 October - Hawke's Bay Anniversary Day in New Zealand (Date for 2019. Holiday is actually the 1st of November but it is observed on the Friday before Labour Day)
Monday 28 October - Labour Day in New Zealand (in 2019. Celebrated on the fourth Monday in October)

November 2019

Monday 4 November - Marlborough Anniversary Day in New Zealand (Date for 2019. Holiday is actually the 1st of November but it is observed on the first Monday after Labour Day)
Tuesday 5 November - Guy Fawkes Night (United Kingdom, New Zealand and Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)
Monday 11 November - Armistice Day (New Zealand, France, Belgium and Serbia. End of World War I-related observances)
Friday 15 November - Canterbury Anniversary Day in New Zealand (Date for 2019. Holiday is actually the 16th of December but it is observed on the second Friday after the first Tuesday in November. This is also Christchurch Show Day. Canterbury Anniversary applies to the North and Central Canterbury Regions which include Christchurch and Ashburton)

December 2019

Monday 2 December - Westland Anniversary Day in New Zealand (Date for 2019. Holiday is actually the 1st of December but it is observed on the Monday closest to that date. This date can vary outside of Greymouth); Chatham Islands Anniversary Day in New Zealand (Date for 2019. Holiday is actually the 30th of November but it is observed on the Monday closest to that date)
Thursday 26 December - Boxing day (Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand, Canada, Kiribati, Nauru, Botswana, Ghana)

January 2020

Thursday 2 January - The second day of New Year (a holiday in Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Mauritius, Montenegro, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine): - New Year Holiday (Scotland), if it is a Sunday, the day moves to January 3; - Kaapse Klopse (Cape Town, South Africa)

Some holiday traditions in New Zealand

Some of the holidays, like Christmas and New Year, are ’Mondayised’ . Which means that, if the holiday occurs on a weekend then it is transferred to the following Monday or Tuesday. On Good Friday, Easter Sunday, ANZAC Day, and Christmas Day there are special trading restrictions. On those days, generally only dairies, petrol stations, pharmacies, restaurants and cafes, and shops within an airport, train station, and in some very popular tourist towns may open. Even television advertising is totally banned on those days in the country.
Provincial anniversary days celebrate the founding days or landing days of the first colonists of the various colonial provinces. These are only celebrated within each province, not nationwide. The actual observance days can vary within each province and is due to local custom, convenience or the proximity of seasonal events or other holidays and may differ from the official observance day.
There are plenty of local and national New Zealand holidays and festivals throughout the year and the ones listed below are just the tip of the iceberg: Bluff Oyster & Food Festival in May, Queenstown Winter Festival in June, Matariki Festival, Rally New Zealand in August, Gisborne Wine & Food Festival in October, Wellington International Jazz Festival in November, Auckland Marathon in October, Caroline Bay Carnival in December.
Tuesday 15 January 2019
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Thursday 17 January 2019
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Friday 18 January 2019
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Saturday 19 January 2019
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Saturday 19 January 2019
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Sunday 20 January 2019
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Monday 21 January 2019
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Monday 21 January 2019
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Monday 21 January 2019
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Tuesday 22 January 2019
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Wednesday 23 January 2019
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Saturday 26 January 2019
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Sunday 27 January 2019
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Monday 28 January 2019
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Tuesday 29 January 2019
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Wednesday 30 January 2019
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Wednesday 30 January 2019
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Friday 1 February 2019
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