this year we're losing two public holidays, because ANZAC day & waitangi day fall on a weekend. next year we have the same. it's not like we have a whole heap of public holidays here, that we can afford to give two away every seven years.
in australia, they always get the long weekend off for anzac day. i can't see why we shouldn't as well. whether it's a day where you commemorate those who fought, or a day when you think about the futility of war and the sad loss of life, or even a day when you go shopping or laze around at the beach, it should be a specific work holiday.
so how come everyone just seems to silently accept the current situation? i think it's time to start a movement to ensure our public holidays are exactly that. with, of course, thoughts going out to those self-employed and employees who have to work on public holidays.