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Xmas Public Holidays dates and 2022

Published 14 Dec 2021

New Zealand Public Holiday

Actual Date

Observed Date (2021)

Christmas Day

25 December

Saturday 25 Dec or Monday 27 Dec

Boxing Day

26 December

Sunday 26 Dec or Tuesday 28 Dec


New Year's Day

1 January

Saturday 1 Jan or Monday 3 Jan

Day After New Year's Day

2 January

Sunday 2 Jan or Tuesday 4 Jan

Waitangi Day

6 February

Sunday 6 Feb or Monday 7 Feb

Good Friday


Friday 15 April

Easter Monday


Monday 18 April


25 April

Monday 25 April

Queen's Birthday

1st Monday in June

Monday 6 June



Friday 24 June

Labour Day

4th Monday in October

Monday 24 October

Christmas Day

25 December

Sunday 25 Dec or Tuesday 27 Dec

Boxing Day

26 December

Monday 26 Dec

New Zealand Provincial Holidays

Actual Date


Auckland 29 January Monday 31 January
Taranaki 31 March

Monday 14 March

Hawke's Bay 1 November Friday 21 October
Wellington 22 January Monday 24 January
Marlborough 1 November Monday 31 October
Nelson 1 February Monday 31 January
Canterbury 16 December Friday 11 November
Canterbury (South) 16 December Monday 26 September
Westland 1 December Monday 28 November
Otago 23 March Monday 21 March
Southland 17 January Tuesday 19 April
Chatham Islands 30 November Monday 28 November

So we see the 4 main Public Holidays landing on weekends this year. This brings the potential for 'Mondayising' and 'Tuesdayising' all of those days.

As usual with Public Holidays you need to consider whether or not it is a normal working day for the employee in question. Generally, if people normally work weekends, these Public Holiday will also be recognised on those days and not moved. So if you require them to work on those days (bearing in mind Christmas Day is also a restricted shop trading day) you will need to pay them 1.5x normal rates plus a full day in lieu.

If people don't normally work weekends, all four of the upcoming days get recognised on the following Mondays and Tuesdays and people get a paid day off accordingly (unless required to work).

When people are on annual leave, albeit due to a company close-down, the Public Holidays should not be deducted from staff's leave.

While these lists have been compiled from Governmental information as provided, in good faith, we don't give guarantees of absolute accuracy.

For more information on this and Holidays in general see the Annual Holidays and Leave ebook. This provides in depth information on Annual Holidays (leave and holiday pay), Public Holidays, Sick and Bereavement Leave, explanations of Relevant Daily Pay, Average Daily Pay, Gross Earnings, Ordinary Weekly Pay etc. It is available for purchasing and downloading online. It is free for Employer Support Package subscribers who can download it from the Dashboard Library section of the Employers Toolbox(