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.
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Frank Stefanissin moved to New Zealand 35 years ago from Vancouver, Canada, where Halloween is a huge event.
He’s bringing a slice of that to Canterbury on Saturday.
For last October 31, he set up a small graveyard in his West Melton home. It proved so popular he decided to go all out this year with an incredible haunted house.
“I had about 200 kids come by last year, which motivated me to keep doing it – I love seeing their reactions,’’ he said.
“This year we’ve gone a little bit bigger...with a pretty full-on graveyard. “With Covid this is just something nice for the children.’’
Stefanissin is raising money for Starship Hospital with this year’s efforts – for $2 children can guess how many skulls and bones are around the property, with the winner scoring a triceratops skeleton.
Are you, your children or grandchildren getting involved in Halloween this year? Stuff and The Press newspaper would love to hear from you.
We are hoping to find out how things may be a little bit different for Halloween this year due to Covid-19, and to see how people are still pushing through with their celebrations.
Will you be wearing a face mask with your costume? Or offering hand sanitiser to trick or treaters? Whatever it is you're up to, we'd love to hear about it.
Please comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are celebrating Halloween this year and would like to share how.
Thanks in advance folks!