Otago Anniversary Day is once again providing the annual dose
of confusion about what will be open, and what will not.
The annual public holiday celebrates the establishment of
Otago's provincial government on March 23, 1852.
Despite that date, the anniversary is officially celebrated
on the closest Monday, which this year is March 21.
But many observe it at Easter, which leaves Otago residents
wondering which public services and businesses will be
recognising the annual holiday on Monday.
The Dunedin City Council, Waitaki District Council, Central
Otago District Council and Balclutha District Council offices
will be closed, but council offices in Wanaka and Queenstown
will be doing business as usual.
All pools and libraries in the region will be open, except in
Balclutha, where they will be closed. All rubbish will be
collected as usual except in Alexandra and Oamaru, where it
will be collected on Tuesday.
Major retailers throughout the region, and supermarkets will
also be open, as will district courts in Dunedin and
But in Dunedin, at least, some cafes, bars and restaurants
have opted to remain closed, as will all banks in the region.
For some Otago school pupils, Otago Anniversary Day will mean
a day off school. But not all schools observe the public
The Ministry of Education allows individual schools to decide
whether they observe the public holiday on Monday or at
All Otago Daily Times offices will be closed on