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Transferring a public holiday

Anyone can ask their employer to transfer a public holiday to another day.

How transferring a public holiday works

To transfer a public holiday to another day, both the employee and employer need to agree, and meet the legal requirements.

The public holiday becomes a normal working day and the day you transfer to is treated as the public holiday.

More information

See the Employment NZ website for information on:

  • requests to transfer
  • minimum requirements to transfer
  • entitlements for working or not working on a transferred day
  • transferring part of a public holiday
  • example scenarios
  • workplace policies against transferring public holidays.

Transferring a public holiday by agreement — Employment NZ


For questions about transferring a public holiday, contact Employment New Zealand.

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