29 Jan 2024

Regional public holidays: Do we need them?

From Nights, 10:17 pm on 29 January 2024

For those living in Aotearoa's biggest city, Auckland, today was a public holiday: marking the occasion when former Governor-General, William Hobson, first landed in the far North - a place, ironically, hundreds of kilometres from Auckland.

If you don't live in Auckland, don't worry, there are 11 other officially-recognised regional holidays to get through in a calendar year.

Emile Donovan talks to Lewis Holden, chair of the New Zealand republican movement, who thinks provincial holidays suck and we should abolish them.


World map with the country of New Zealand in focus

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