Easter trading decision momentous for tourist towns
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean has described yesterday’s (25-8) Easter Sunday trading decision as momentous, saying Wanaka retailers deserved a lot of the credit for the law change.
“The decision to give councils the power to decide if shops can open on Easter Sunday was given the thumbs up in Parliament last night.
“This is a huge advance for tourist towns like Wanaka and it will put an end to the years of debate and uncertainty over this issue.
“I’m thrilled for the people of Wanaka that we have finally achieved this result. In fact I believe local retailers deserve a lot of the credit for the decision, continuing to bring the issue to the forefront over many long years.
“I’d like to thank them for their patience, with many of them having to flout the law and face prosecution, while neighbouring businesses in Queenstown opened their doors on Easter Sunday without penalty.
“Imagine what this decision will mean for events like Warbirds Over Wanaka in 2018, when we have thousands of visitors from around New Zealand and overseas wanting to shop and spend in town on Easter Sunday.
“This is really a wonderful advance for tourist towns across the Waitaki electorate, giving the power back to local communities, and allowing councils to reach a decision over Easter Sunday trading which will meet local needs.”
Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru