Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy 2017 Consultation

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The Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy 2017 is currently out for consultation. 

Consultation closes at 4.30pm on 10 February 2017.

Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy

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All three Councils made the decision this week at their final meeting for the year.

South Taranaki District Council group manager of environmental services, John McKenzie, says the councils decided to consult at the same time to make it less confusing for the public and reflect the collaborative relationship the three councils had.

The move comes after the Government changed the law in August to allow Territorial Authorities to choose their own Easter Sunday Trading Policies.

While Easter Sunday is not officially a public holiday in New Zealand, shops are required to be closed, although a number of shops like dairies, cafes, pharmacies, and service stations are already exempt from the rule.

McKenzie says that Foodstuffs NZ, who own New World and Pak’nSave supermarkets and Retail NZ have already written to the councils asking for public consultation on this issue.

Each council will undertake consultation early in the New Year so decisions can be made in time for Easter 2017.