The Tribune (NZ) - - WELCOME -

One of the things about Labour Week­end is that it can serve as a ‘dummy run’ for the sum­mer hol­i­days to come.

Whether the three-day week­end was spent on a quick flit away, or at home in the gar­den, it’s a wel­come pause be­fore the hurly-burly be­gins.

In the next eight weeks there’s so much to squeeze in in­clud­ing school and uni ex­ams, school break-ups, Christ­mas pa­rades and other as­so­ci­ated prepa­ra­tions, and the break couldn’t be bet­ter timed be­fore we col­lec­tively take this sea­sonal plunge.

All thanks of course to Welling­ton car­pen­ter Sa­muel Parnell who cam­paigned for and won the right for an eight-hour work­ing day. Sam’s cam­paign re­sulted in New Zealand work­ers be­ing among the first in the world to en­joy ‘eight hours labour, eight hours recre­ation, eight hours rest’ in 1840. In his hon­our, the Labour Day com­mem­o­ra­tion has been a pub­lic hol­i­day since 1899. – Richard

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