Waitangi Day at weekend? No worries, have Monday off

New Zealanders are set to get Monday off the next time Waitangi Day falls on a weekend.

A Labour Party bill to move the the day-off for Waitangi Day and Anzac Day to Monday when they fall on the weekend has enough support to pass its second reading in the next two months.

The Monday-ising bill is sponsored by Labour's Dunedin North MP David Clark, who said New Zealand should follow Australia's lead by allowing New Zealanders to have Monday off.

Anzac Day next falls on a Saturday in 2015, and Waitangi Day in 2016.

The Government previously rejected the bill, with Justice Minister Judith Collins saying Anzac Day is for remembering the dead.

"To reduce it into a three day weekend is, I think, very disrespectful to the people whose lives have been lost."

United Future leader Peter Dunne supported the bill, saying he wanted to ensure New Zealander had access to all public holidays.

"It's sensible and long overdue," he added.

 

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