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Public Holiday: Waitangi Day 2024

On Tuesday, 6th February we will be celebrating the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi with a public holiday. Find out how to prepare your payroll so you can celebrate without payroll concerns.

Updated: January 2024

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When is Waitangi Day public holiday this year?

Waitangi Day is celebrated on the 6th of February every year, which falls on a Tuesday in 2024. 

Do I need to make changes to my payroll? 

Tuesday 6th February (Waitangi Day) can be a pay day, however Wednesday 7th February is not an available pay day in our system. Please use the table below to find out how this applies to your pay. 

Use the table below to find out if you need to make any changes to your payroll:

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Info - Blue Block (1)Pro tip: If you want to pay your employees on Wednesday 7th February, please get in touch to use our urgent same-day service for an additional charge of $15.

Employer obligations

Some of your employees might work on Waitangi Day public holiday, or take the paid day off. This will impact how you enter their timesheets. Find out how to enter public holidays on employee timesheets.

If your employee works on a public holiday, you are required to pay them ‘time and a half’ or 1.5 times their standard rate for hours worked this day. If the public holiday is an otherwise working day for this employee, you’ll also need to allocate a full day of alternative leave to their leave balance.

Did You Know - Green Block (1)Did you know: For more information on public holidays and your obligations as an employer, check out our Public Holidays Guide or visit the Employment New Zealand website.

Feeling stuck?

Our friendly payroll experts are just an email or a phone call away. Thankyou Payroll will be closed on Waitangi Day, but we will be back on Wednesday the 7th February from 8:30 am to 5 pm.

Email us at help@thankyoupayroll.co.nz, or call us on 04 488 7531 for professional, one-on-one guidance.

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