Public holidays legislation

In New Zealand in the early 2000s the following are statutory public holidays:

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Public holidays

Some of New Zealand's public holidays, such as Good Friday and Christmas Day, are celebrated in many countries, but others, such as Waitangi Day, are unique to New Zealand.

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Holidays in New Zealand

In New Zealand the word ‘holiday’ has the same meaning as ‘vacation’ in other countries. It describes a break from work or study, often, but not always, involving a trip away from home.

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Ceremonial duties

Vice-regal visits New Zealand communities expected to be visited by governors-general. In the 20th century a five-year timetable developed as follows:

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Defence and security

Anzac tradition

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Parades, 1890 to 1950

Labour Day parade The 1890s saw the trade union movement use parades to celebrate the unity and collective strength of working people.

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New Zealand’s first shops were trading posts selling goods to whalers in the 1830s. Later, family businesses developed.

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New Zealand identity

A scenic paradise inhabited by friendly Māori; a far-flung land where rugged bushmen hunt deer in the backblocks; the social laboratory of the world, trialling innovative policies; a courageous small nation standing

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Māori and television – whakaata

Māori content was rare in the early years of New Zealand television, but the 2004 launch of the Māori Television Service created a dedicated channel – later accompanied by a second channel – with a strong focus on Mā

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Military medals

New Zealand soldier Charles Upham is one of only three people to be awarded the Victoria Cross twice, for his courageous actions during the Second World War.

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