Easter Sunday Trading a Step Closer

Friday, October 23, 2015

Changes to Easter Sunday trading laws moved a step closer yesterday (22-10), with the introduction of a bill to Parliament enabling local communities to decide whether retailers can open, Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said.

“I’m excited for retailers in places like Wanaka. This bill will give them the freedom to open their doors at Easter, ensuring their businesses can thrive and the needs of tourists and visitors to the area can be met.

"Our tourism numbers are currently flourishing, this bill will enhance regional economic development by allowing retailers to make the most of the opportunities on offer.

“The current law is out of date and has unfairly penalised  business owners who have been forced to break the law in order to meet their customer’s needs.

“I have been campaigning to see these changes since 2008 and I’m delighted that we’ve cleared another hurdle as we move towards a freeing up of Easter Sunday trading in this country.

“I want to pay tribute to the business owners and retailers who have supported and encouraged me over time and I am particularly thrilled for them that progress is finally being made.

“They are the ones who have been penalised by this outdated law and they now tell me that they are looking forward to the future when they can open their doors on Easter Sunday."

Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru