‘Mondayising’ Public Holidays Good for Families

Media Release 28 January 2011
Family First NZ is supporting Labour’s proposed law to “mondayise” Waitangi Day and Anzac Day. 

“Workers, and therefore families, have missed out on public holidays last year and will again this year. This ultimately impacts on family time when we stop as a nation and enjoy a public holiday,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. 

“Poll after poll has shown that both parents and children want to spend more time together doing family things like picnics and trips. However, this is becoming increasingly difficult as a number of industries such as Retail and Service are required to work almost every day of the year.” 

“Public holidays are traditions. They create rituals for families based on celebrating together, reconnecting, and making memories.” 

A 2004 International Labour Organisation (ILO) report found that New Zealanders work longer than any other nationality, apart from the Japanese. 

“We need to get the work / life balance correct for the sake of families. Employers already budget for statutory holidays. In fact, they have benefited very well last year and this year. This proposed law change would simply ensure the status quo,” says Mr McCoskrie 

“We support the call for guaranteed days OFF – One For Families.”

UPDATE: Labour move to save public holidays gains wide support
NZ Herald 31 Jan 2011


7 comments for “‘Mondayising’ Public Holidays Good for Families

  1. David Kontze
    1 February 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Anzac Day and Waitangi Day should not be Mondayised, but as “Public Holidays” they should be holidays.
    If a business other than essential services is open on a “Public Holiday” perhaps they should be closed for the two day before or after the “Public Holiday”.

  2. 1 February 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I understand that families would like a public holiday….I do too. BUT, as an employer of around 350 people the Labour Government added $100,000 a year to our tight running costs already with the extra week’s holiday. It’s all very well to want these things, but at who’s cost!!

  3. 8 February 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Who is going to pay for these extra holidays Bob? You, the Labour Party? No, small business yet again will have to pay (given 80% of businesses in NZ are small). Most small business are finding it tough financially and a lot of them have gone to the wall in the last 2-years and it seems our politicians don’t care about the backbone of our economy (ie. small business). Anything for some more votes. Check out this great article by Dr Muriel Newman http://www.nzcpr.com/weekly263.htm

  4. Keith
    8 February 2011 at 1:08 pm

    If we want time out, how about a “new” idea? “Sunday-ise” once a week. We all need a good break to be with family and friends. Funny how the good is tossed out only to re-surface under another guise.

  5. Bob
    8 February 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Well said. SOS! Save our Sundays.

  6. Bob
    8 February 2011 at 1:40 pm

    They are not extra holidays! They are budgeted statutory holidays that every business allows for every year.

  7. Allan
    9 February 2011 at 2:12 am

    Anzac Day and Waitangi Day are not public holidays per se. They are a day of celebration of our nation (not that you would feel that way nowdays) and a day of recognition of a huge battle fought by our soldiers and of all soldiers since. If the day (date) happens to fall on a weekday a day off is given with pay

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