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Unofficial observances in New Zealand

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Unofficial observances in New Zealand

Apart from the official Holidays in New Zealand and Public holidays in New Zealand, usually celebrated by a paid day off work, there are a number of 'unofficial observances in New Zealand that are celebrated for days, weeks or months.


  • Chinese New Years in January/February (varies)
  • Valentine's Day 14 February
  • Children's Day first Sunday in March
  • World Book Day 4 March
  • International Women's Day 8 March
  • Walk To Work Day 10 March
  • St Patricks Day 17 March
  • Race Relations Day 22 March
  • April Fool's Day 1 April
  • J Day 3 May
  • Mother's Day second Sunday in May
  • World No Tobacco Day 31 May
  • Matariki in May or June (varies)
  • World Refugee Day 20 June
  • International Day of Indigenous People 9 August
  • World Youth Day 12 August
  • Cancer Society Daffodil Day last Friday of August
  • Random Acts of Kindness Day 1 September
  • Father's Day first Sunday in September
  • eDay 12 September
  • Loud Shirt Day 17 September(6)
  • International Talk Like a Pirate Day 19 September
  • Breast Cancer “Pink Ribbon” Day 8 October
  • Halloween 31 October
  • Diwali 3 November
  • Guy Fawkes 5 November
  • “White Ribbon Day” for the Elimination of Violence against Women 25 November
  • “Black Ribbon Day” for the Elimination of Violence against Men 25 November
  • Aids Foundation “Red Ribbon Day” 1 December
  • International Day of Disabled Persons 3 December
  • World Volunteers Day 5 December
  • World Human Rights Day 10 December


  • New Zealand Sign Language Week from 2 May
  • Youth Week from 21 to 29 May
  • Samoan Language Week 30 May to 5 June
  • Maori Language Week 26 July to 1 August
  • New Zealand Islam Awareness from 2 August
  • New Zealand Conservation Week 12–19 September[1]
  • National Clean Up Week 17–24 September (7)
  • New Zealand Fashion Week 21–25 September (5)
  • Grandparents Week from 27 October to 1 November


  • New Zealand Book Month April (March from 2011)
  • New Zealand Music Month May


  1. ^ "Show New Zealand how much you love it". Department of Conservation. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
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