ANZAC Day Trading and Holidays

On Thursday 25th April New Zealand will rise to commemorate ANZAC Day. Each year we receive enquiries regarding trading on ANZAC Day and public holidays.

ANZAC Day Trading

The Sale of Liquor Act 1989 states that it is a condition of every on-licence granted in respect of a hotel or tavern that no liquor is to be sold or supplied on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day, or before 1 pm on Anzac Day to any person other than—

  1. any person who is for the time being living on the premises, whether as a lodger or an employee of the holder, or otherwise; or
  2. any person who is present on the premises for the purpose of dining.

In relation to Club Licences however, The Liquor Licensing Authority has confirmed that unless it is a condition of the individual Club Licence, Clubs are not required to close their bar(s) on the days concerned and that the trading hours are the hours that your Club License or charter normally entitles you to open on that day of the week. If your Club wishes to open earlier than what is stated on your license conditions than a special licence is required.

Public Holidays

The trick to public holidays is to first determine whether the day would otherwise be considered a working day for the employee, .i.e. does the employee normally work on a Thursday as this will impact what the employee is entitled to;

An employee who normally works on a Thursday

If the employee normally works on a Thursday and they are not required to work (are given the public holiday off) then they have the day off with normal pay. If the employee is required to work, they are entitled to time and a half pay plus a alternative holiday (lieu day).

An employee who does not normally work on a Thursday

For an employee who does not normally work on a Thursday, they have their day off as normal and are not entitled to any pay or alternative holidays. Employees who do not normally work a Thursday and are required to work are paid time and a half but are not entitled to an alternative holiday.

If you have any questions about the above please do not hesitate to contact National Office on 0800 4 CLUBS.