Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy

Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy

Consultation for the proposed Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy opens for public consultation today.

The Shop Trading Hours Act (the Act) 1990 lists restricted trading days (ANZAC Day morning, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Christmas Day) and places restrictions on what type of businesses may trade on these particular days.

In August 2016, the Government amended the Act which means that councils throughout New Zealand can now decide to enable trading on Easter Sunday, by developing a policy. This means that each district throughout New Zealand can decide on what best suits their communities.

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, restaurants, pharmacies, souvenir shops, service stations and garden centres are already exempt from the rule.

The South Taranaki District Council is proposing that trading on Easter Sunday be allowed throughout the entire District.

Let us know what you think

Submissions open Thursday 19 January and close on Monday 20 February. This means that the decision regarding this can be made before the Easter period this year.

Click here to read the full Statement of Proposal