Guide: Public Holidays


The Holidays Act is often cited as one of the more complicated and confusing pieces of law that employers need to navigate.

In fact it’s so complex that even MBIE, the Government Agency responsible for enforcing the law, has made mistakes with its own employees’ public holiday entitlements.

But never fear, Retail NZ is here to help! This guide aims to explain the rules for public holidays like Labour Day long weekend, and help you get it right.

Public holidays include Easter weekend, ANZAC Day, Queen’s Birthday, Labour Day and Christmas, etc.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the Retail NZ Advice Service by email at [email protected] or by phone 0800 472 472 (1800 128 086 from Australia).


Retail NZ members: FREE
Non-members: $29.00

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