We want to know what you think about allowing Napier shops to open on Easter Sunday.
Napier City Council have reopened consultation today on the Easter Sunday Trading Policy. This follows the outcome of a Judicial Review process on the 2016 consultation that determined there had been insufficient consultation on the draft policy.
Napier residents and organisations will again have the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft policy, which includes an amendment to the 2016 Statement of Proposal to provide a broader summary of the key points both for and against the policy.
Prior to August 2016, most shops in New Zealand had to remain closed for three and a half days each year – Christmas Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and for half a day on Anzac Day. However, central government since amended the Shop Trading Hours Act 1990, effectively allowing each local Council to decide for themselves whether retailers can trade on Easter Sunday.
Mayor Bill: "Being a tourist city over a busy long weekend, it’s a choice a business owner needs to make based on potential income versus whether they have sufficient staff happy to work on the Sunday."
Mayor Bill Dalton encourages the public to give feedback on the policy, particularly those most affected, but reiterates that if the updated policy is adopted, then there is still a choice for both retailers and employees.
“Being a tourist city over a busy long weekend, it’s a choice a business owner needs to make based on potential income versus whether they have sufficient staff happy to work on the Sunday.”
The submission process on the Easter Trading Policy asks if the submitter supports the proposed Easter Trading Policy and whether the Easter Sunday trading should apply to the whole or part of the district.
There will be a Council hearing in the late November for submitters who may wish to speak in support of their submission. Submissions need to be received by 12pm on Friday 9 November.
10 October 2018
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