Moves to ensure Waitangi, Anzac days off

DANYA LEVY
Last updated 13:23 07/02/2012
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FLYING HIGH: The Tino Rangatiratanga flag flies next to the New Zealand flag on Waitangi Day in Wellington at the Town Hall.

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A proposed law to "Monday-ise" Waitangi Day and Anzac Day to Mondays when they fall on weekends is being considered.

The Holidays (Full Recognition of Waitangi Day and Anzac Day) Amendment Bill was originally in the name of Labour's deputy leader Grant Robertson but has been taken over by Labour's new MP for Dunedin North David Clark.

Clark said it aimed to ensure New Zealanders still got a day off to spend with their families when Waitangi or Anzac days fell on a weekend.

Last year, both holidays fell at the weekend, resulting in two fewer public holidays.

It occurs every two out of every seven years.

Public holidays were always moved to the next available Monday in Australia, he said.

''These are holidays which appear in the Public Holidays Act but people miss out on getting a holiday.

''It just doesn't seem fair.''

Clark said he hoped to get enough cross-party support to send the Bill to select committee ''so we can knock it about there''.

A second bill was also drawn this morning in the name of National's new MP for Tamaki, Simon O'Connor.

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O'Connor said the Law Commission had recommended scrapping the old law which ''afforded the family home protection against the winds of financial adversity'' because the law was unused as the same protections were afforded in more recent legislation.

''The Matrimonial (Property) Act made it very clear spouses and partners have the ability to get joint ownership of things.''

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