Dean welcomes Easter Trading review

Waitaki news
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Mrs Dean is pleased her  Parliamentary colleagues are to take another look at the vexed issue of Easter Trading.
Opponents to changes claim the desires of a few wanting to shop over Easter are overriding the wishes and freedoms of those who don't want to work or shop during these holidays.

"I say the issue isn't about forcing people to work let alone shop if they don't want too. It's about freedom of choice. It's about consistent laws throughout our country. I've battled for change to these archaic regulations since arriving in Parliament 10 years ago so naturally I and my supporters are pleased our Prime Minister is also keen to see change."

Last Friday, Prime Minister Key said the laws were not working well and had resulted in "tremendous inconsistency" across New Zealand. He also said that within about 100-metres of his own electorate there was one area that had an exemption from Easter trading laws and another that did not.

"It doesn't make any sense. I think there's enough people around the country saying that they think the law doesn't work that we at least have to go away and have a look at it, the Prime Minister said.

Mrs Dean said she looked forward to the issue being widened and eventually resolved.