FROM THE EDITOR
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