New Easter Sunday trading laws allow community-led decision making

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said she was delighted that new Easter Sunday trading laws were allowing communities to make decisions which suited their individual needs.

“The Central Otago District Council last week voted to adopt a draft policy allowing all shops within the Central Otago District to trade on Easter Sunday, the Tasman District and Nelson City councils are seeking community feedback and the Southland District Council had approved a draft Easter Sunday Trading policy which will be released for public consultation.

“This is precisely the way that I envisaged Easter Sunday trading working, with communities discussing the issue and reaching a decision which meets their individual needs.

“It makes sense for Central Otago retailers to open their doors on Easter Sunday, catering for the many tourists and visitors who are in the area at that time. 

“It may not be suitable for a town like Invercargill to do the same.” 

“This law change is all about giving people choice – the choice to determine a policy which meets the needs of their retailers and ratepayers, and choice for workers to either accept the extra hours or decide that they do not want to work on Easter Sunday.

“For too long our outdated trading laws have penalised retailers in towns like Wanaka and in some cases have forced them to break the law in order to manage their businesses.

“I think it’s exciting that councils are now discussing their Easter Sunday trading options with their communities, allowing us to head into 2017 and a trouble-free period.”