Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Easter Sunday Trading Gets The Go Ahead in the Hurunui

Easter Sunday Trading Gets The Go Ahead in the Hurunui

Today at its March meeting, the Hurunui District Council deliberated on a new Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy. After discussion and consideration of all submissions, the council voted in favour of allowing all shops in the district to trade on Easter Sunday should they wish to.

Public consultation ran from Friday 16 February until Monday 19 March. Of the 25 submissions received, 19 submitters supported the draft policy and six submitters opposed the policy.

The council’s Regulatory Services Manager, Judith Batchelor, says the adopted policy now allows the Hurunui’s shop owners, employees, residents and visitors to decide whether to trade, work and shop on Easter Sunday.

“Notably however, under the policy employees still have discretion on whether they want to work on Easter Sunday without any repercussions,” she says.

In 2016, the Shop Trading Hours Act 1990 was amended to give local councils the authority to permit Easter Sunday trading in the whole or any part or parts of its district, if a policy is adopted.

Mayor Winton Dalley says the council’s decision to adopt a new Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy was made to reflect a growing and significant appetite for change from the community.

“The council has listened to the feedback received from members of the public on this issue and has responded by utilising the 2016 parliamentary amendment to the Shop Trading Hours Act. We are satisfied that all sections of the community have had an appropriate opportunity to guide the council’s decision to implement the Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy.”

What this means
• The policy takes effect immediately today, 29 March 2018, and all shops in the district are now able to trade on Easter Sunday, if they wish to
• Employees are entitled by law to refuse to work on Easter Sunday, without having to give a reason. If they choose to work, they will receive normal pay as Easter Sunday is not a public holiday
• Good Friday remains a public holiday with no trading
• This does not override alcohol licensing provisions, if a venue could not previously sell alcohol on Easter Sunday, the policy does not change that. Alcohol will only be permitted to be sold with a meal at restaurants and cafés.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Spying On Politicians, Activists, Iwi, Quake Victims: "Failings Across Public Service"

A State Services Commission investigation into the use of external security consultants by government agencies has uncovered failings across the public service, including breaches of the code of conduct...

However, the inquiry found no evidence of widespread inappropriate surveillance by external security consultants on behalf of government agencies. More>>


Children's Commissioner: Child Poverty Law "Historic Cause For Celebration"

...It represents a cross-party commitment to a fundamental shift of policy for our most disadvantaged children and should help undo 30 years of damage to children from our most vulnerable families. More>>


Dope News: Binding Cannabis Referendum To Be Held At 2020 Election

The referendum on cannabis for personal use is part of Labour's confidence and supply agreement with the Greens. It could be one of potentially three referenda - decisions have yet to be made about euthanasia and changes to electoral laws. More>>


Vic: Victoria University Name Change Rejected

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has declined Victoria University of Wellington Council’s application for a legal name change. More>>


PM's Post-Cab 17/12/18: Chief Justice, M Bovis

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's final post-cabinet press conference of the year focussed on announcing the appointment of Helen Winkelmann as the next Chief Justice, and an update on effort to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis from New Zealand. More>>


Law Commission Issues Paper: Use Of DNA In Criminal Investigations

In the 22 years since the Act came into force, it has become clear that the modern-day fingerprint analogy is increasingly inapt... Theoretically, whole genome sequencing could ultimately become the standard method of analysing a DNA sample. Such a development will give a new perspective on the concept of genetic surveillance in the criminal context. More>>

State Highways: $1.4 Billion For Road Safety Improvements

The Safe Network Programme will make 870 kilometres of high volume, high-risk State Highways safer by 2021 with improvements like median and side barriers, rumble strips, and shoulder widening. More>>


Dealing Crackdown, Addiction Support: Government Action On Synthetics

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for people to access help when they need it. More>>





InfoPages News Channels