Easter Sunday shop trading law to change

Waitaki news
Monday, August 24, 2015

After a decade of campaigning and intense lobbying Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said she was delighted that there had been a break through on the Easter Sunday Trading issue.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome for business operators and people living in places like Wanaka.

“It’s been a long time coming, but the economic benefits that will flow from this decision have been worth the wait.

“It’s a momentous decision for Wanaka, finally common sense has prevailed and local businesses can enjoy 21st century retailing.

“Gone of the days when retailers will have to look over their shoulders to check if the Labour inspector is in town.

“This silly law has seen good people forced into breaking the rules in order to open their doors and meet the needs of their local community and visitors and holidaymakers from around the country and overseas.

“A Government bill will amend the Shop Trading Hours Act allowing local communities, through councils, to decide whether retailers can open on Easter Sunday.

“In addition, the law change will give workers the opportunity to decline to work or accept work if they wish to on that day – with no reason necessary.

“The Bill is expected to be introduced in the coming weeks.”