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New Zealand has eleven public holidays per year nationally, plus an "anniversary" day public holiday which is observed on different days depending on the area.
National public holidays are:
Anniversary days are based on the 19th century provinces, so borders do not necesarily comply with present day regions.
On Christmas Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and before 1:00pm on ANZAC Day, all shops must close, except the most essential shops (such as corner stores, petrol stations and pharmacies), cafes and restaurants. On all other public holidays, stores may open if they wish, although many of them will observe limited trading hours. Note that cafes and restaurants may have a 10 to 15 percent surcharge on public holidays to cover the extra cost of staff (by law, staff working on public holidays must be paid 1.5 times their normal rate, plus be given a paid day's holiday for use at another time).
Being a southern hemisphere country, where summer occurs in December/January/February, New Zealand is fortunate enough to have the school year align with the calendar year, starting in January/February and finishing in November/December. The school year is divided into four terms, and breaks between the terms during the school year are fixed at two weeks.
The school holidays are as follows: