A survey last week on the Stuff website showed public support for my Mondayising proposal continues to sit above 80%.
My Bill aims to ensure hard-working Kiwis who receive 11 Public Holidays in those years when Waitangi and Anzac fall on weekdays, will also receive all 11 Public Holidays in the Public Holidays Act in those years when commemorations fall on a weekend.
Waitangi and Anzac will still be commemorated on 6 February and 25 April respectively.
What changes is that when one of these days falls on a weekend, a day’s holiday will be allocated to the following Monday, in the same way it currently is for Christmas when it falls on a weekend. We still celebrate Christmas on 25 December, but an extra day’s holiday follows Boxing Day.
On the day before my Bill passed its first reading, the ODT published a piece I wrote explaining the case for Mondayising. The Bill has now been referred to select committee before it returns to Parliament to continue its journey to law. For those who are interested, a video of my speech introducing the Bill for its first reading is online here.