Public support continues to grow for getting ANZAC and Waitangi Public Holidays Monday-ised when they fall on a weekend. New Zealanders work some of the longest hours in the OECD. Naturally, it is disappointing when some years we miss out on one or two of the eleven Public Holidays we look forward to every other year. This week’s Listener editorial makes the same point. Cartoon courtesy of @slanecartoons.
I reckon attendance at ANZAC dawn services will go up when people know they can sleep an extra hour or two on the Monday that follows. Waitangi festivals around the country are growing in popularity as family events. This Bill recognises the growing importance of 6 February and 25 April to our sense of history and national identity.
I think National will show just how out of touch they have become if they don’t get in behind my Bill. A recent Stuff poll had public support at around 80%. Hard working Kiwis deserve every one of the eleven Public Holidays they currently get.