Westland Anniversary Day

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2020 Date30 November 2020
2021 Date29 November 2021
Westland Anniversary Day

Westland Anniversary Day History

Westland Anniversary Day commemorates the split of Westland from the province of Canterbury. On 1 December 1873, Westland split from the province of Canterbury.

Westland Anniversary Day is celebrated on the Monday nearest to 1 December.

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Westland Anniversary Day Facts

  • Along with all the other provinces that once formed New Zealand, Westland was dissolved in 1876. As set forth by the New Zealand Holidays Act of 1981, its founding is still commemorated locally. Provinces had local governmental powers but now exist only as provincial districts, which serve only to denote a region.
  • Aside from the occasional sealer, Europeans didn't see much reason to be in the Westland region until gold was found in 1864. During the ensuing gold rush, the region had its highest population ever.
  • Westland was the last province to be established in New Zealand. It was established in 1873, just three years before it was abolished along with all the other provinces.

Westland Anniversary Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit the Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Enjoy the nature and be sure to see the glaciers.
  • Visit the old gold mining town of Hokitika. The Man Booker Prize winning novel The Luminaries is set there during the 1860s gold rush.

Westland Anniversary Day References and Related Sites

teara.govt.nz: Westland History
hokitika.org: The Luminaries

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