Easter trading proposed for Coromandel

Public consultation on Thames-Coromandel District new Easter Trading Policy and proposal closes on January 27, 2017. File Photo.

A new Easter Trading Policy and proposal is now out for public consultation, says the Thames-Coromandel District Council.

Changes to the Shop Trading Hours Act in August this year now allows councils around New Zealand to make policies allowing trading on Easter Sunday in their districts.

“We are proposing to allow shops to trade on Easter Sunday throughout the Thames-Coromandel district,” says a council spokesperson.

“Our district is a popular holiday destination and Easter weekend is one of the peak holiday periods. Demand for goods and services during this period is high from our visitors and local residents, and business owners may want to be able to provide for this.”

This policy will not force any shops to open, but provides for those who do want to trade on Easter Sunday to be able to do so.

“Our council can't define specific opening hours, or determine what types of shops may open, or control or override shop trading provisions in other legislation, such as, liquor licensing provisions.”

The public consultation period opened on December 16 and will run until January 27, 2017.

To view the proposed policy and to make a submission visit the Thames-Coromandel District Council website at: www.tcdc.govt.nz/eastertrading



2 Comments

The peninsula is

Posted on 30-12-2016 09:38 | By nerak

heavily reliant on tourist trade, not just local tourists either. Coromandel promoted itself very well outside NZ some years ago, and it paid dividends for the town. As visitors to the peninsula, we have seen a huge upsurge in international tourists. Like it or not, Easter has become 'just another holiday weekend', and if it's going to be a much visited area then let the shops open, who does it really hurt? It's not just the retailers who lose out if shops are forcibly closed, international tourists love to engage with retailers in small towns, quite apart from buying.

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Posted on 30-12-2016 09:21 | By whatsinaname

Sad when people can't go a day without shopping. The world won't end. I remember late night shopping till 8 pm Friday night and shops closed till Monday morning. We didn't die

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