Easter Sunday submissions close this week
Public submissions on proposed Easter Sunday shop trading laws close this week, with Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean saying retailers could open on Easter Sunday as soon as next year.
“After a decade of campaigning and intense lobbying around Easter trading I am delighted that this next step has been achieved.
“Public submissions on the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill were called by the Commerce select committee in November 2015 and close this Thursday (21 Jan 2016).
“The bill proposes to amend the Shop Trading Hours Act Repeal Act 1990 to grant territorial authorities a limited power to create bylaws that allow shop trading on Easter Sunday, and enable shop workers to refuse work on Easter Sunday.
“The effects of the law change will be seen when Territorial Authorities make bylaws to allow for trading on Easter Sunday, likely from Easter 2017.
“The proposed change has been a long time coming, but the economic benefits that will flow from this decision have been worth the wait.
“The current rules around shop trading over the Easter period are complex and confusing, allowing certain shops selling specific items to remain open, while others must close their doors.
“There are also several historical exemptions which allow shops in areas such as Queenstown and Taupo to open on Easter Sunday, while those in Wanaka and Rotorua cannot.
“The proposed law change will enable communities to choose whether or not to allow trading and will mean businesses in tourist areas can meet the needs of visitors and locals where there is a call for Easter Sunday trading.”
Mrs Dean said she the law change would also give workers the opportunity to decline to work – with no reason necessary.
Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru