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