Good news – 2021 is set to be the year of the long weekend.
Five out of 10 public holidays will be Mondayised (or Tuesdayised in one case) next year, which means if you work a standard Monday to Friday week, you can look forward to some extended breaks.
In fact, once you’ve tacked on the weekends, you’ll end up getting a whopping 25 days off out of those 10 stat days, plus your region’s anniversary day.
To find out how to get the most out of your annual leave next year, click here.
We'd be keen to hear about your favourite summer holiday spots in NZ. Is there somewhere you keep returning to year after year and, if so, what are the main attractions? What makes it such a stand-out spot? Any tips you may be able to offer on the best things to see and do there - as well as the best places to grab a drink or bite to eat - would be much appreciated. Please put 'NFP' (not for publication) in your comment if you don't want it to appear in a travel article. Thanks again.
The Kaikōura District Council has hired a new chief executive.
He is Will Doughty, who came to Kaikōura as the council's rebuild director after the earthquake, and went on to a management role with the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) alliance.
The new chief executive had experience in leadership roles across a wide range of projects, delivering major work programmes for the Christchurch City Council through the city's infrastructure rebuild.
Doughty, who will take up the reins at the council in February, said he was excited about the opportunity.
“We live in a truly incredible place and I look forward to leading a great team to help our community to continue to recover and prosper,” he said.
The new chief executive's contract is for five years.
We'd be keen to hear about your favourite foodie finds on your travels through NZ. Have you come across a particularly amazing cafe, bakery restaurant or food truck? Had an especially delicious pie, burger, sandwich, smoothie bowl or cronut? Been to what must be one of the country's best fish and chip joints? Or been pleasantly surprised by a town's food scene? Please share the details below and include 'NFP' (not for publication) in your comment if you don't want it included in an article. Cheers.