Queen’s Birthday Weekend 2020

Both branches of Ara Library will be closed from 5 pm on Friday 29th May –  8am on Tuesday 2nd June as it is the Queen’s Birthday Weekend.

The Queen’s Birthday public holiday is held on the first Monday in June. New Zealand has ten statutory holidays, of which Queen’s Birthday is one.

Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday is actually on 21 April, but it is celebrated on various dates across the Commonwealth of Nations to fit with each country’s roster of public holidays.

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Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II – Queen of New Zealand

 

Those who have the day off will spend it with family or friends or will use the long weekend as a opportunity for a extended holiday away. It is an excellent opportunity to spend time in the outdoors before winter fully sets in.

Queen’s Birthday also sees the announcement of the Honours’ List where the Queen makes appointments to the Order of New Zealand including Orders of Merit, Dames, Knights, Companions, Officers and more. These appointments are nearly always based on a person’s services to the community or the nation in sport, business, charity, the uniformed services and arts.

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The New Zealand Order of Merit

 

We will resume our usual hours from 8 am on Tuesday 2nd June.

We hope you have a safe and relaxing long weekend.

 

 

 

Library closed for Queens Birthday Holiday, Monday 3rd June 2019

All Ara library branches will be closed on Monday the 3rd June as we celebrate the Queens Birthday holiday. Here is some more information about the Queens Birthday celebration.

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City Campus library will be closed on June the 3rd…

Background

The official head of state of New Zealand is the Monarch of the Commonwealth Realms, Queen Elizabeth II. The monarch’s birthday is officially celebrated in New Zealand.

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Queen Elizabeth II, Monarch of New Zealand

Her representative in New Zealand is the Governor General, who has symbolic and ceremonial roles but is not involved in the day-to-day running of the government.

The Queen’s actual birthday is April 21, but it is celebrated as a public holiday on the first Monday of June through an Act of Parliament.

Public Life

The Queen’s Birthday is a public holiday in New Zealand & many people will have the day off. Schools, government offices, and many businesses will be closed.

The Queen’s Honours list is released around the time of the Queen’s Birthday public holiday. This list has hundreds of recipients: from the military, emergency services, politics and civilian life who are honoured and recognized for their public service.

 

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Companion to the New Zealand Order of Merit, or CNZM. One of the Queens Birthday Honours

What Do People Do?

The Queen’s birthday holiday is held on the first Monday of June.

Those who have the day off will spend it with family or friends or will use the long weekend as a opportunity for a extended holiday away. It is an excellent opportunity to spend time in the outdoors before winter fully sets in. The Queens Birthday weekend also marks the official opening of the ski season in New Zealand.

I would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday from all of us in the Library.

Queen’s Birthday Holiday – Library closed today, Monday 4 June

Ara Library is closed today as Queen’s Birthday is a statuatory holiday, however if you are wanting to study Ara will be open (swipe access only), including the Pod which is open 24/7 as usual.

New Zealand has ten statutory holidays, of which Queen’s Birthday is one, and whilst a lot of  businesses will be closed, such as Ara, you may however find many shops are open.

The Queen’s birthday is actually on 21 April, but it is celebrated on various dates across the Commonwealth of Nations (of which there are sixteen), to fit with each country’s spread of public holidays.

Queen’s Birthday also sees the announcement of the Honours’ List where the Queen makes appointments to the Order of New Zealand, which includes Orders, Orders of Merit, Dames, Knights, Companions, Officers and more. These appointments are nearly always based on a person’s services to the community or the nation.

We will resume our usual hours from Tuesday 5 June, 7am on.

We hope you have a safe and relaxing long weekend.

 

 

Library Open Queen’s Birthday Weekend

The Library will be open as usual this weekend.

Saturday 10am – 5pm                                        

Sunday 12 noon – 5pm

We will be closed on Monday 6th June

There is a IT outage planned for this weekend. On Saturday 4th June  there will be no printing, photocopying, or computer network access 

Full access should resume on Sunday 5th

The Library will be open as a warm place to study. We can issue books manually, although the catalogue and website will not be available to help you find resources.

Ask a Librarian and they will be able to point you in the right direction for books, journals and AV resources.