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It's hard for most of us today to imagine Christmas Day not being a holiday, but a day off on 25 December hasn't always been a legal entitlement.
Come late December and thousands of Kiwis get ready for their annual holiday. They look forward to lazy days at the beach or the bach (or crib), games of backyard cricket, food on the barbie and the holiday uniform of shorts, jandals and T-shirts.
See a video and related text about a 2006 survey of New Zealanders' attitude to Christmas.
Christmas in New Zealand is less about snow and sleigh bells and more about sun, sand and backyard barbecues. Over the holiday season we explore the Kiwi Christmas experience – from Abel Tasman’s first New Zealand Christmas in 1642 to the declining reign of the Queen’s message
Celebrated on the fourth Monday in October, Labour Day commemorates the struggle for an eight-hour working day, a right that carpenter Samuel Parnell had famously fought for in 1840. Our first Labour Day was held on 28 October 1890, and it has been a statutory public holiday since 1900.
Stylised ‘bathing belles’ and other images of women figured prominently in inter-war railway advertising.
Dominion Day, 26 September, never really took hold in New Zealand. Wellington was one of the few places that kept up ceremonies after 1907.
The first Dominion Day, 1907, was a holiday for public servants as all government offices closed to mark the occasion.
The red poppy has become a symbol of war remembrance the world over. In many countries it  is worn around Armistice Day (11 November), but in New Zealand it is most commonly seen around Anzac Day, 25 April.
Each generation of New Zealanders redefines Anzac Day to suit the mood of the times, but the last 40 years have been a time of much redefinition.
Anzac Day came to have a wider focus and the commemorations became more popular in the years after the Second World War.
Anzac Day became a public holiday and took on new meaning in a time of peace. It became a time to express sorrow, not glorify war, and was a sacred day that had a secular tone.
Anzac Day was made a half-day holiday in 1916, and the pattern of the day's events that occur now began at that time.
First observed in 1916, Anzac Day - 25 April - commemorates those killed in war as well as honouring returned servicemen and women. The ceremonies that are held at war memorials across the country, or in places overseas where New Zealanders gather, are rich in tradition and ritual.
The Anzac Day ceremony of 25 April is a form of military funeral and follows a particular pattern. The day's ceremonies have two major parts: one at dawn and another, more public event, later in the morning.
This reports the first Labour Day parade in Wellington, 28 October 1890.
Anzac Day ceremony at the temporary Cenotaph, outside Parliament House, 1927
For years schools lined up children for patriotic addresses before giving them the rest of Empire day off as a holiday
Parades, flag raising ceremonies and unveilings and openings were common on Empire Day. The Victoria Ward of the Wanganui public hospital opened on Empire Day 1903
In the 1990s Waitangi Day events became a focus for protests about sovereignty.

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