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
|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|
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.