Confusion among some workers regarding the observance of public holidays has prompted Prime Minister’s Office chief of staff Joe Caffery to clarify the situation.
He says public holidays in the Cook Islands are observed on the following days as prescribed by the Public Holidays Act 1999.
1. Every Sunday
2. Anzac Day – 25th of April in each year.
3. Good Friday – the same date in each year as Good Friday is observed in New Zealand.
4. Easter Monday – the same date in each year as Easter Monday is observed in New Zealand.
5. The Sovereign’s birthday – the same date as the reigning sovereign’s birthday is observed in New Zealand.
6. Christmas Day – 25th day of December in each year.
7. Boxing Day – 26th day of December in each year.
8. New Years Day – first day of January in each year.
9. The day following New Years Day.
10. Island Gospel Day – observed on each island in the Cook Islands on different days.
11. Cook Islands Gospel Day – 26th day of October in each year.
Where a public holiday (other than a Sunday and Anzac Day) falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the holiday shall be observed on the following Monday.
If both Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and the day following New Years Day fall on a Saturday and Sunday, then these public holidays will be observed respectively on the next Monday and Tuesday.
For the coming festive season the Office of the Prime Minister will be closed from the 25th of December 2003 to the 4th of January 2004.