District Council is wanting a steer from its community on whether shops should
be allowed to trade on Easter Sunday.
Feedback is open
from Wednesday 18 October to Friday 10 November.
The Shop Trading Hours Amendment Act came into effect last
year and allows retailers to open on Easter Sunday. This Amendment refers only
to Easter Sunday not Good Friday.
Under this legislation councils have the ability to create a
policy allowing retailers to open. This policy doesn't have to be blanket
across the district, and it can specify which type of retailer can open too.
Currently businesses in what are deemed 'tourist centres' can
trade on Easter Sunday. Other businesses that provide services like fuel
stations, dairies, cafes/restaurants and garden centres are also legally able
to trade on Easter Sunday currently.
This could be viewed by some retailers and others in the
community as unfair.
"Council will use the feedback during this engagement
period to decide whether or not to look at introducing an Easter Trading
Policy," explained Mayor Jenny Shattock. "If a Policy is introduced,
it will come to the community for formal consultation.
"So it's over to you… what do you think?"
To have your say visit this link.