Chatham Islands Anniversary Day 2019

National and Public Holidays in New Zealand Public Holiday in Chatham Islands, New Zealand

Chatham Islands Anniversary Day is a provincial holiday observed in Chatham Islands, New Zealand
Chatham Islands, New Zealand

When is Chatham Islands Anniversary Day?

How long until Chatham Islands Anniversary Day?
This holiday next takes place in 190 Days.
Dates of
Year Weekday Date
2020 Monday November 30th
2019 Monday December 2nd
2018 Monday December 3rd
2017 Monday November 27th
2016 Monday November 28th
1 Day
The provincial holiday is celebrated on the Monday nearest to 30 November

Chatham Islands Anniversary Day is a provincial holiday observed in Chatham Islands Territory, New Zealand.

Chatham Islands Anniversary Day is celebrated on the Monday nearest to 30 November.

History of Chatham Islands Anniversary Day

The Chatham Islands Territory is a group of about ten islands that lies 650 km (500 miles) to the east of the south island of New Zealand. The islands have been part of New Zealand since 1842.

Like several other provinces, the date of Provincial Anniversary Day marks the arrival of the first European ships to the region.

On 29 November 1791, captain William R. Broughton from the HMS Chatham of the Vancouver Expedition landed on the islands, claiming them for Great Britain. Captain Broughton named the islands after his ship.

On arrival, the British found the islands inhabited by the Moriori, a Polynesian tribe that had settled on the islands in the sixteenth century.

Even though the anniversary of the arrival of the British was on 29 November, the Anniversary is observed on the Monday nearest 30 November.

Provincial 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 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.

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