2015 school terms and holidays

2015 school terms dates for state and state-integrated primary, intermediate, secondary and composite schools.

See the other holidays section below for more information on school holidays, public holidays and anniversary day holidays.

Primary and intermediate schools

  Start date End date
Term 1

Between Monday 26 January (at the earliest); and Thursday 5 February (at the latest)

Thursday 2 April
(80-96 half-days)
Term 2 Monday 20 April Friday 3 July
(106 half-days)
Term 3 Monday 20 July Friday 25 September
(100 half-days)
Term 4 Monday 12 October No later than Friday 18 December
(98 half-days)*

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

Secondary and composite schools

  Start date End date
Term 1

Between Monday 26 January (at the earliest); and Thursday 5 February (at the latest)

Thursday 2 April
(80-96 half-days)
Term 2 Monday 20 April Friday 3 July
(106 half-days)
Term 3 Monday 20 July Friday 25 September
(100 half-days)
Term 4 Monday 12 October No later than Wednesday 16 December
(94 half-days)*

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

Other holidays

Section 65C of the Education Act 1989 states that every board shall ensure that all schools it administers are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and on the following days:

  • New Year's Day
  • 2 January
  • Waitangi Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • Easter Tuesday
  • ANZAC Day
  • the Sovereign's birthday
  • Labour Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day
  • and the day observed in the locality in which the school is situated as anniversary day.

The Department of Labour website has information on dates for current and future New Zealand public holiday and anniversary days.



Content last updated: 11 April 2014