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ANZAC day Mondayised

Published 17 Mar 2015

"Mondayising" ANZAC Day

Following the passing of the Holidays (Full Recognition of Waitangi Day and ANZAC Day) Amendment Act 2013 ANZAC Day is "Mondayised".

ANZAC Day will first be observed on a Monday this year (2015). Under the new "mondayising" Act, where ANZAC day falls on Saturday or Sunday (and that day would not otherwise be a working day), then it should be treated as falling on the following Monday (27th April).

Holidays (Full Recognition of Waitangi Day and ANZAC Day) Amendment Act.
The new section 44B will allow for the transfer of the public holidays for Waitangi Day and ANZAC Day if they fall on the weekend

That is:

  • If Waitangi Day or ANZAC Day fall on a Saturday or Sunday, which is not a working day for most employees, then the public holiday will be treated as falling on the Monday
  • To avoid confusion proposed new section 44B(2) specifically states it does not entitle an employee to more than 2 public holidays for the days listed in section 44(1)(e) or(h) ie. for each employee it is either observed on the Saturday or Monday, not both.


Restricted trading hours remain observed until 1pm on Saturday 25th April 2015 regardless of the Mondayisation of the Public Holiday.

To avoid confusion; all Employees are entitled to the Public Holiday. Full-time, part-time, casual and fixed term Employees all have the same entitlements to take the holiday, although not all will be entitled to be paid.

For more information on Public Holidays please see our recently updated eBook on Annual Holidays and Leave. For Employers Support Package members this is available for download in the Library section of the Employers Toolbox, or non-members can purchase it here.