Easter Sunday Trading Moves Step Closer

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said she was delighted that Easter Sunday trading moved a step closer this week.

“I’m relieved and delighted that the bill which allows councils to decide if shops can open on Easter Sunday passed its first reading in Parliament on Tuesday night.

“A conscience vote saw National, NZ First, ACT and United Future supporting the Bill. The count was 75 in favour and 45 opposed. Labour and the Greens opposed and the Maori Party split its vote, one in favour and one against.

“This bill is a great solution for Easter trading, giving businesses the freedom to open and meet their customer’s needs, while protecting shop staff  who cannot be compelled to work.

“The bill gives local authorities and their communities the right to work out what’s best for their area around Easter Sunday trading.

“It gives choice and flexibility and for our smaller tourist towns around the region it gives them the opportunity to open at Easter and meet the needs of visitors and tourists to their area.”

Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru