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Labour Day

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Labour Day with New Zealand flag

Labour Day in New Zealand has a long and fascinating history. It is celebrated on the fourth Monday in October each year and commemorates the achievements of the country’s workers.

The origins of Labour Day in New Zealand can be traced back to the late 19th century. In the 1880s, the country’s workers began agitating for better working conditions and higher wages.

They formed unions and went on strike, demanding an eight-hour workday and other benefits.

In 1890, the first Labour Day was celebrated in New Zealand, thanks to the efforts of the country’s labour movement.

The day was marked by parades and rallies, with workers from different industries coming together to demand better rights and conditions.

The Labour Day holiday was officially established in 1900, after years of campaigning by the labour movement.

The first official Labour Day holiday was held on the second Wednesday in November that year, and it was marked by parades and picnics.

In 1910, the holiday was moved to the fourth Monday in October, where it remains today.

The holiday has become an important part of New Zealand’s cultural and social fabric, with many people using it as an opportunity to relax and spend time with family and friends.