The King’s Birthday Holiday, also known as Queen’s Birthday Holiday, is a public holiday celebrated in New Zealand. It is observed on the first Monday in June each year, honouring the reigning monarch’s birthday.
The holiday is an opportunity for New Zealanders to commemorate the sovereign’s birthday and enjoy a long weekend break. It is a time when people engage in various activities such as family gatherings, outdoor adventures, community events, and cultural festivities.
While the holiday is officially associated with the reigning monarch’s birthday, it is also a reflection of New Zealand’s ties to the British monarchy and the historical significance of the crown in the country’s governance.
During the King’s Birthday Holiday, many people take advantage of the extended weekend to relax, spend time with loved ones, and participate in recreational activities. It is also a popular time for winter getaways, with people taking trips to explore different parts of the country or indulge in winter sports.
Additionally, the King’s Birthday Holiday often coincides with other celebrations and events, such as winter sales, winter festivals, art exhibitions, and music concerts, providing further opportunities for enjoyment and entertainment.
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Your employment guide to King’s birthday [Employment New Zealand]
If employees do work on the King’s birthday they must:
- be paid at least time and a half, and
- get an alternative holiday on pay (as long as the public holiday is a day that would normally be at work).
King’s Birthday weekend 2023 Holiday journey planner to check traffic predictions [Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency]
Public holidays and anniversary dates [Employment New Zealand]