Labour Day in New Zealand
Labour Day is a day off for many New Zealanders have the day off on Labour Day, which is an annual public holiday on the 4th Monday of October. It commemorates the struggle for an 8-hour working day.
What Do People Do?
Labour Day is a public holiday so many workers in New Zealand take the time off to relax and enjoy their spare time. It is on a Monday, so some people make the most of the long weekend by going on short trips out of town. Street parades and protest marches to voice out the importance of workers' rights are also held on or around Labour Day
Labour Day is a public holiday in New Zealand. Schools, government offices, and many businesses are closed.
During the 19th century, workers in New Zealand tried to claim the right for an 8-hour working day. In 1840 carpenter Samuel Parnell fought for this right in Wellington, NZ, and won. Labour Day was first celebrated in New Zealand on October 28, 1890, when thousands of workers paraded in the main city centres. Government employees were given the day off to attend the parades and many businesses closed for at least part of the day.
The first official Labour Day public holiday in New Zealand was celebrated on the second Wednesday in October in 1900. The holiday was moved to the fourth Monday of October in 1910 has remained on this date since then.
Labour Day Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Mon||Oct 25||2010||Labour Day||National holiday|
|Mon||Oct 24||2011||Labour Day||National holiday|
|Mon||Oct 22||2012||Labour Day||National holiday|
|Mon||Oct 28||2013||Labour Day||National holiday|
|Mon||Oct 27||2014||Labour Day||National holiday|
|Mon||Oct 26||2015||Labour Day||National holiday|
|Mon||Oct 24||2016||Labour Day||National holiday|
|Mon||Oct 23||2017||Labour Day||National holiday|
|Mon||Oct 22||2018||Labour Day||National holiday|
|Mon||Oct 28||2019||Labour Day||National holiday|
|Mon||Oct 26||2020||Labour Day||National holiday|
Quick FactsLabour Day is a nationwide public holiday in New Zealand on the fourth Monday in October each year.
Labour Day 2018Monday, October 22, 2018
Labour Day 2019Monday, October 28, 2019
Name in other languages
|Tag der Arbeit||German|
Other holidays in October 2018 in New Zealand
- Hawke's Bay Anniversary Day – Friday, October 19, 2018
- Marlborough Anniversary Day – Monday, October 29, 2018
- Halloween – Wednesday, October 31, 2018