Maximise Your Annual Leave in 2022 | Main Region
Our annual leave hacks – the best time to take a holiday in 2023
We look at how to achieve the maximum possible downtime by taking advantage of public holidays and weekends. With these annual leave hacks for 2023, you’ll return to work recharged and ready to perform at your best.
Annual leave and public holidays
Here are some of the best dates to book.
Maximise your annual leave 2023
Christmas 2022 and New Year’s 2023 – book three days and get 11
Book three days annual leave: Take three days’ annual leave on Wednesday, 28 December, Thursday, 29 December and Friday, 30 December before New Year’s Eve.
Your 11-day break: You’ll enjoy an 11-day break, from Saturday, 24 December, 2022 through to Tuesday, 3 January, 2023.
Waitangi Day 2023 – book four days and get four
Book one day of annual leave: Take an extra day of annual leave on Friday 3 February.
Your four-day break: For the cost of one day of annual leave, you’ll get an extra long weekend from 3-6 February.
Easter 2023 – book four days and get ten
Book four days annual leave: Take annual leave from 3-6 April.
Your 11-day break: You’ll enjoy a 10-day break from Saturday, 1 April 1 through to Monday, 10 April.
Anzac Day 2023 – book four days and get nine
Book four days annual leave: Book annual leave on 24 April as well as from 26-28 April.
Your nine-day break: This gives you a total of nine days off from 22 April to 30 April.
Kings’s Birthday 2023 – book four days and get nine
Get a four or nine-day break: You can go about this two ways. Take annual leave out for the four days after the Monday to get nine total days, or just take Friday 2 June to give yourself a four-day weekend.
Matariki 2023 – book four days and get nine
Book four days annual leave: Book annual leave on 10-13 July.
Your nine-day break: This gives you a total of nine days off from 10-16 June.
Christmas 2023 and New Year’s 2024 – book three days and get ten
Book three days annual leave: Take three days’ annual leave from 27-29 December.
Your 10-day break: This will bring your total days off to 10, letting you enjoy and extended break over the summer, from Saturday, 23 December through to Tuesday, 2 January.
What annual leave am I entitled to and how much annual leave can I accrue?
In New Zealand, the first official right to annual leave for all citizens dates back to the 1940s. The Annual Holidays Act 1944 granted employees two weeks’ paid holiday entitlement, and this paid period was stretched to three weeks in 1974, before reaching four in 2007.
Why take annual leave, exactly?
The World Health Organisation recognises burnout as an “’occupational phenomenon”. Burnout syndrome, it states, is the result of chronic workplace stress unsuccessfully managed. Symptoms include:
- Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion
- Mental distance from work
- More negative feelings or cynicism regarding one’s job
- Decreased professional efficacy
Your annual leave plan 2023
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