Provincial Anniversaries in New Zealand

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Provincial Anniversary Days in New Zealand

The Holidays Act 1981 specifies each locality observing a Provincial Anniversary Day to celebrate the founding days or landing days of the first colonists of the various colonial provinces.

However the exact dates are not legislated for.

The regions covered are set by provincial district (as they stood when abolished in 1876), plus Southland, the Chatham Islands, South Canterbury and Northland.

The actual observance days can vary even within each province and is due to local custom, convenience or the proximity of seasonal events or other holidays.

This may differ from the official observance day, and may be several weeks from the official day.

Provincial Days in 2019

Date Name Province
January 21st Wellington Anniversary Day Wellington Province
January 28th Auckland Anniversary Day Auckland
February 4th Nelson Anniversary Day Nelson
March 11th Taranaki Anniversary Day Taranaki
March 25th Otago Anniversary Day Otago
April 23rd Southland Anniversary Day Southland
September 23rd South Canterbury Day South Canterbury
October 25th Hawkes Bay Anniversary Day Hawke's Bay
November 4th Marlborough Anniversary Day Marlborough
November 15th Christchurch Show Day Canterbury
December 2nd Chatham Islands Anniversary Day Chatham Islands
December 2nd Westland Anniversary Day West Coast



Canterbury (South)

Chatham Islands

Hawke's Bay







Though Westland is no longer a province, Westland District still commemorates a provincial anniversary on the Monday nearest to 1 December to mark 1 December 1873, when Westland split from Canterbury Province.

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