Wellington Anniversary Day 2020

New Zealand Public Holidays in 2019 Regional Holiday in New Zealand

Wellington, whose Anniversary Day is celebrated on the Monday closest to 22 January

When is Wellington Anniversary Day?

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Wellington Anniversary Day is the Monday that falls closest to 22 January and is observed as a public holiday within the old provincial boundaries

Wellington Anniversary Day is celebrated on the Monday nearest to 22 January.

The holiday commemorates the arrival of the first settler ship to New Zealand on 22 January 1840.

History of Wellington Anniversary Day

The first Europeans to establish a settlement in the area now known as Wellington was and advance party of the New Zealand Company who arrived on the ship Tory on 20 September 1839. Having decided it was a good place to start a permanent settlement, the main settlers were dispatched from England.

The Aurora left Gravesend, England on 18 September 1839 with 148 emigrants and 21 crew aboard. Four months later, they arrived at Port Nicholson (now Wellington Harbour) on 22 January 1840, where they were greeted by local Maori chiefs.

In November 1840, the settlers named the town they founded Wellington, in honour of the first Duke of Wellington, who had been victorious at Waterloo some 25 years earlier.

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.

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