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Time to have say on Easter Sunday trading

Napier residents are being asked to have their say on whether retailers can choose to open for business on Easter Sundays.

The changes to the Shop Trading Hours Act give local communities the choice of whether or not to allow trading on Easter Sunday. Council recognises the importance of tourism related trade to the Napier economy and so is proposing to adopt a policy that allows shops across the Napier district to trade on Easter Sunday, although ultimately it is up to individual retailers whether they choose to exercise the right to open (i.e. there is no compulsion to do so).

Easter Sunday is a day of significance across New Zealand and some people will choose not to work on this day. The changes to the legislation include a workers choice provision which allows employees and employers to negotiate freely, and the ability for employees to refuse work on Easter Sunday without any repercussions to the employment relationship.

Before making any final decisions, we’d like to have your input. We welcome submissions by 13 January 2017, from any interested person or organisation on any aspect of the proposed policy.

The full draft policy and statement of proposal can be viewed below:

Easter Sunday Trading: Draft Policy and Statement of Proposal (pdf 432 KB)

Submissions have now closed.

13 January 2017

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