School terms and holidays archive

Previous school term and holiday information for state and state-integrated primary, intermediate, secondary and composite schools from 1986 to 2016

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From 2016 to 2010

2016 school terms and holidays

 Start dateEnd date Holidays    
Term 1 - 11 weeks Between Monday 1 February 
(at the earliest);
and Friday 5 February (at the latest)
Friday 15 April
(94-102 half days)
Public holidays: Waitangi Day 8 February,
Easter: Good Friday 25 March, Easter Monday 28 March,
Easter Tuesday 29 March (a school holiday)

School holiday: Saturday 16 April - Sunday 1 May and includes ANZAC day.

Term 2 - 10 weeks

Monday 2 May Friday 8 July
(98 half days)

Public holiday: Queen’s Birthday 6 June

School holiday: Saturday 9 July – Sunday 24 July

Term 3 - 9 weeks

Monday 25 July Friday 23 September
(90 half days)
School holidays: Saturday 24 September – Sunday 9 October

Term 4 - up to 11 weeks

Monday 10 October

Primary, intermediate and special schools:
No later than Tuesday 20 December (102 half days)*

Secondary and composite:
No later than Friday 16 December (98 half days)**

Public holidays: Labour Day 24 October, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day

School holiday: 5 or 6 weeks (from school’s closing date until opening date of school the following year)

 

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 384 half days in 2016.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 2016.

2015 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: between 26 January (earliest); and 5 February (latest) to 2 April Term 1: between 26 January (earliest); and 5 February (latest) to 2 April
Term 2: 20 April to 3 July Term 2: 20 April to 3 July
Term 3: 20 July to 25 September Term 3: 20 July to 25 September
Term 4: 12 October to no later than Friday 18 December* Term 4: 12 October to Wednesday 16**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 384 half days in 2015.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 2015.

2014 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: between 27 January (earliest); and 7 February (latest) to 17 April Term 1: between 27 January (earliest); and 7 February (latest) to 17 April
Term 2: 5 May to 4 July Term 2: 5 May to 4 July
Term 3: 21 July to 26 September Term 3: 21 July to 26 September
Term 4: 13 October to no later than Friday 19 December* Term 4: 13 October to Tuesday 16 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 386 half days in 2014.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 2014.

2013 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: between 28 January (earliest) and 7 February (latest) to 19 April Term 1: between 28 January (earliest) and 7 February (latest) to 19 April
Term 2: 6 May to 12 July Term 2: 6 May to 12 July
Term 3: 29 July to 27 September Term 3: 29 July to 27 September
Term 4: 14 October to no later than 20 December* Term 4: 14 October to 18 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 384 half days in 2013.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 2013.

2012 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: between 30 January (earliest) and 7 February (latest) to 5 April Term 1: between 30 January (earliest) and 7 February (latest) to 5 April
Term 2: 23 April to 29 June Term 2: 23 April to 29 June
Term 3: 16 July to 28 September Term 3: 16 July to 28 September
Term 4: 15 October to no later than 20 December* Term 4: 15 October to 14 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 388 half days in 2012.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 2012.

2011 term dates

Differences for 2011

  • The usual length of each school term was adjusted for 2011. Terms 1 and 2 were slightly longer than usual, and term 4 was two weeks shorter. This adjustment was made to align the October term holiday with the final stages of the Rugby World Cup 2011 tournament.
  • The earliest start date for 2011 was amended. The earliest date schools could open in 2011 was Monday 31 January (rather than Tuesday 1 February as had been previously).
Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: between 31 January (earliest) and 7 February (latest) to 15 April Term 1: between 31 January (earliest) and 7 February (latest) to 15 April
Term 2: 2 May to 15 July Term 2: 2 May to 15 July
Term 3: 1 August to 7 October Term 3: 1 August to 7 October
Term 4: 25 October to no later than 20 December* Term 4: 25 October to no later than 13 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 390 half days in 2011.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 2011.

2010 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: between 2 February (earliest) and 5 February (latest) to 1 April Term 1: 2 February (earliest) and 5 February (latest) to 1 April
Term 2: 19 April to 2 July Term 2: 19 April to 2 July
Term 3: 19 July to 24 September Term 3: 19 July to 24 September
Term 4: 11 October to 20 December* Term 4: 11 October to 14 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 388 half days in 2010.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 2010.

From 2009 to 2000

2009 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: between 27 January (earliest) and 5 February to 9 April Term 1: between 27 January (earliest) and 5 February to 9 April
Term 2: 27 April to 3 July Term 2: 27 April to 3 July
Term 3: 20 July to 25 September Term 3: 20 July to 25 September
Term 4: 12 October to 18 December* Term 4: 12 October to 15 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 386 half days in 2009.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 2009.

2008 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: between 29 January (earliest) and 7 February to 18 April Term 1: between 29 January (earliest) and 7 February to 18 April
Term 2: 5 May to 4 July Term 2: 5 May to 4 July
Term 3: 21 July to 26 September Term 3: 21 July to 26 September
Term 4: 13 October to 19 December* Term 4: 13 October to 17 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 384 half days in 2008.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 2008.

2007 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 7 February to 5 April Term 1: 7 February to 5 April
Term 2: 23 April to 29 June Term 2: 23 April to 29 June
Term 3: 16 July to 21 September Term 3: 16 July to 21 September
Term 4: 8 October to 18 December* Term 4: 8 October to 14 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 392 half days in 2007.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 2007.

2006 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 7 February to 13 April Term 1: 7 February to 13 April
Term 2: 26 April to 30 June Term 2: 26 April to 30 June
Term 3: 17 July to 22 September Term 3: 17 July to 22 September
Term 4: 9 October to 20 December* Term 4: 9 October to 14 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half days in 2006.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 2006.

2005 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 31 January to 15 April Term 1: 31 January to 15 April
Term 2: 2 May to 8 July Term 2: 2 May to 8 July
Term 3: 25 July to 23 September Term 3: 25 July to 23 September
Term 4: 10 October to 20 December* Term 4: 10 October to 9 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half days in 2005.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 2005.

2004 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 27 January to 8 April Term 1: 27 January to 8 April
Term 2: 26 April to 2 July Term 2: 26 April to 2 July
Term 3: 19 July to 17 September Term 3: 19 July to 17 September
Term 4: 4 October to 14 December* Term 4: 4 October to 3 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half days in 2004.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 2004.

2003 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 29 January to 11 April Term 1: 29 January to 11 April
Term 2: 28 April to 4 July Term 2: 28 April to 4 July
Term 3: 21 July to 19 September Term 3: 21 July to 19 September
Term 4: 6 October to 16 December* Term 4: 6 October to 5 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half days in 2003.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 2003.

2002 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 30 January to 28 March Term 1: 28 January to 28 March
Term 2: 15 April to 28 June Term 2: 15 April to 28 June
Term 3: 15 July to 20 September Term 3: 15 July to 20 September
Term 4: 7 October to 19 December* Term 4: 7 October to 6 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half days in 2002.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 2002.

2001 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 30 January to 6 April Term 1: 1 February to 6 April
Term 2: 23 April to 29 June Term 2: 23 April to 29 June
Term 3: 16 July to 21 September Term 3: 16 July to 21 September
Term 4: 8 October to 18 December* Term 4: 8 October to 11 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half days in 2001.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 2001.

2000 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 26 January to 7 April Term 1: 1 February to 7 April
Term 2: 26 April to 30 June Term 2: 26 April to 30 June
Term 3: 17 July to 22 September Term 3: 17 July to 22 September
Term 4: 9 October to 13 December* Term 4: 9 October to 8 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half days in 2000.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days or 2000.

From 1999 to 1990

1999 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 27 January to 1 April Term 1: 2 February to 1 April
Term 2: 19 April to 25 June Term 2: 19 April to 25 June
Term 3: 12 July to 17 September Term 3: 12 July to 17 September
Term 4: 4 October to 14 December* Term 4: 4 October to 9 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half days in 1999.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 1999

1998 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 28 January to 9 April Term 1: 3 February to 9 April
Term 2: 27 April to 3 July Term 2: 27 April to 3 July
Term 3: 20 July to 25 September Term 3: 20 July to 25 September
Term 4: 12 October to 16 December* Term 4: 12 October to 11 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half days in 1998.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 1998.

1997 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 27 January to 11 April Term 1: 27 January to 11 April
Term 2: 28 April to 4 July Term 2: 28 April to 4 July
Term 3: 21 July to 26 September Term 3: 21 July to 26 September
Term 4: 13 October to 17 December* Term 4: 13 October to 8 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half days in 1997.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 1997.

1996 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 29 January to 29 March Are the same for the first two terms but could choose to follow the primary term dates and finish on 5 December, or have a 3 week September break, in which case:
Term 2: 15 April to 28 July
Term 3: 15 July to 13 September Term 3: 15 July to 13 September or 15 July to 6 September
Term 4: 30 Sept to 16 December* Term 4: 30 September to 5 December or 30 September to 12 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half days in 1996.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 1996.

1995 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 30 January to 5 May Term 1: 30 January to 5 May
Term 2: 22 May to 25 August Term 2: 22 May to 18 August
Term 3: 11 September to 14 December* Term 3: 11 September to 12 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half days in 1995.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 1995.

1994 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 31 January to 6 May Term 1: 31 January to 6 May
Term 2: 23 May to 26 August Term 2: 23 May to 19 August or 30 May to 19 August
Term 3: 12 September to 14 December* Term 3: 12 September to 12 December or 5 September to 5 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half days in 1994.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 1994.

1993 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 1 February to 7 May Term 1: 1 February to 7 May
Term 2: 24 May to 27 August or 31 May to 20 August Term 2: 24 May to 20 August
Term 3: 13 September to 15 December* Term 3: 13 September to 10 December or 6 September to 10 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 396 half days in 1993.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 1993.

1992 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 3 February to 8 May Term 1: 4 February to 8 May
Term 2: 25 May to 28 August Term 2: 25 May to 21 August or 2 June to 21 August
Term 3: 14 September to 18 December* Term 3: 14 September to 11 December*

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 396 half days in 1992.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 1992.

1991 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 28 January to 10 May Term 1: 29 January to 9 May
Term 2: 27 May to 30 August Term 2: 27 May to 17 August
Term 3: 16 September to 13 December* Term 3: 16 September to 6 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half days in 1991.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 1991.

1990 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 29 January to 4 May Term 1: 30 January to 4 May
Term 2: 21 May to 24 August Term 2: 21 May to 17 August
Term 3: 10 September to 14 December* Term 3: 10 September to 7 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half days in 1990.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 1990.

From 1989 to 1986

1989 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 30 January to 5 May Term 1: 31 January to 5 May
Term 2: 22 May to 25 August Term 2: 22 May to 18 August
Term 3: 11 September to 15 December* Term 3: 11 September to 8 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half days in 1989.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 1989.

1988 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 1 February to 6 May Term 1: 2 February to 6 May
Term 2: 23 May to 26 August Term 2: 23 May to 19 August
Term 3: 12 September to 16 December* Term 3: 12 September to 9 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 396 half days in 1988.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 1988.

1987 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 2 February to 8 May Term 1: 3 February to 8 May
Term 2: 25 May to 28 August Term 2: 25 May to 21 August
Term 3: 14 September to 18 December* Term 3: 14 September to 11 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 396 half days in 1987.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 1987.

1986 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 4 February to 9 May Term 1: 4 February to 9 May
Term 2: 26 May to 22 August Term 2: 26 May to 22 August
Term 3: 8 September to19 December* Term 3: 15 September to 12 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 400 half days in 1986.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 1986.

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