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Nelson Anniversary Day 2024: Date, History and Significance

Every year, Nelson Anniversary Day is celebrated on the Monday closest to February 1, aimed at commemorating the establishment of the settlement of Nelson by the New Zealand Company on February 1, 1842. In 2024, it will be celebrated on January 29. The city of Nelson was controlled by the indigenous Māori people, who called the place ‘Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka a Maui’ (The Prow of the Canoe of Maui). Nelson is also known as ‘Whakatu’ in Māori and is a city on the eastern shores of Tasman Bay.

History and Significance

In January 1770, undertook a voyage to New Zealand and was headed by Captain James Cook. They explored the Nelson region. Captain Cook gave the name of the sea between the North and South Island ‘Cook Strait,’ and the places on the land, Queen Charlotte Sound and Ship Cove.

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Who celebrates Nelson Anniversary Day?

People living in the northern half of South Island, New Zealand celebrate Nelson Anniversary Day.

Is Nelson’s anniversary a public holiday?

Yes, it is a public holiday.


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