Public Holidays

There are eleven public holidays in New Zealand:

  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day
  • New Year's Day
  • Day following New Year's Day
  • Waitangi Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • Anzac Day
  • Queens Birthday
  • Labour Monday
  • The anniversary of the province in which you are employed.

Public holidays are in addition to annual leave entitlements. If you are requested to work on a public holiday, and agree to do so, you will receive payment at the rate of time and a half for the hours worked. If the holiday would normally be a working day for you, you will also receive an alternative holiday.

When a public holiday falls on a normal working day for you, and you have not worked, you will be paid at the full (normal rate) of pay.

You do not need to apply for public holidays in MyHR.

Information on the dates that public holidays fall on can be obtained from the Department of Labour website.

Claiming Payment and an Alternative Holiday for Working on a Public Holiday

To claim the additional payment mentioned above for working on a public holiday, the staff member's line manager should complete the request for payment form below.

This form requires the line manager to indicate how many hours were worked by the staff member on the public holiday, so that the additional payment at the rate of time and a half can be arranged.

If the Public Holiday would otherwise be a working day for your staff member, they will receive an alternative holiday which will appear in the MyHR portal, and can be applied for and taken at a later date.

Ordinary time has already been paid to your staff member through the normal fortnightly salary payment. As your staff member must be paid time and a half for the hours worked on the public holiday, they will receive an additional payment for half time  for the actual number of hours worked on the Public Holiday.

If the hours worked on the Public Holiday were not a normal working day for the staff member, they will receive time and half for these hours worked but not an alternative holiday.

Request for Payment

Payment for a Public Holiday and an entitlement to an alternative holiday is requested by the staff member's line manager

You will need your staff member's ID number to complete this form.


I confirm that I am the day to day manager of this staff member, and as such I am authorised to make this request

If 'No' is selected, payment can not be processed. Please contact the correct line manager directly to action this request for payment.

Staff ID

Please provide the name of employee to be paid for working on a public holiday

Job Title

Please select the public holiday from the drop down list below

Was the staff member requested to do the work?

Payment for public holidays are only made if an employer has requested that the work be done on the public holiday

If it had not been a public holiday, how many hours would your staff member normally have worked?

A full time person will normally be working 7.5 hours, depending on the employment agreement. In addition to payment for the hours worked, the staff member will receive an alternative holiday. If the day was not a normal working day, the staff member is not entitled to an alternative holiday.

How many hours were actually worked on the public holiday being claimed?

Your staff member will be paid at time and a half for any hours worked on the public holiday.

Name of manager authorising this request

Is there any other additional information that you would like to note regarding the payment of this day (optional)

Email Address

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