Easter Sunday trading, yes or no?

Jazz festival crowds could also be shopping in the city next year. Photo: Supplied.

Tauranga City Council is going to formal public consultation over Easter Sunday trading, after receiving an early survey result showing 49 per cent of nearly 6000 people contacted for the poll are in favour.

If the public consultation supports the change, Tauranga shops and garden centres will be legally able to trade at Easter 2018, says city council economic development and investment committee chairman Max Mason.

Tauranga is now surrounded by Easter Sunday traders; Rotorua Lakes Council, Hauraki District Council, Waikato District Council, Matamata-Piako District Council and Thames-Coromandel District Council all have policies that allow Easter Sunday trading.

Tauranga City Council is now considering a draft policy, which, if adopted, will allow shops to trade on Easter Sunday if they wish to.

The council decision will not be made until the community's views have been heard.

Formal consultation begins Friday September 22 on a proposed Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy for Tauranga.

The policy proposes that all shops across the whole city be allowed to trade on Easter Sunday if they wish to. Max thanked the community for their participation in the pre-engagement survey.

“The survey gave us a fairly good indication of the community's position on the topic, and we now need to take this through the more formal, legislatively required consultative process” says Max.

“This will help us ultimately decide whether to adopt an Easter Trading policy or not.

“If we don't adopt a policy, the current rules will stand, with no trading allowed save for the few existing exceptions like dairies, service stations and restaurants."

If trading were allowed, shops will only open if they wish to and employees will be entitled by law to refuse to work on Easter Sunday, without having to give a reason. Good Friday will remain a public holiday with no trading.

Easter Sunday will not become a public holiday, meaning employees choosing to work that day will not be entitled to be paid time and a half or to an alternate paid day off.

The policy, if adopted, will not override trading provisions in other legislation, such as liquor licensing provisions.

If a venue cannot currently sell alcohol on Easter Sunday, thepolicy will not change that.

Alcohol will continue to only be sold with a meal at restaurants and cafés.

Similarly, an Easter Sunday trading policy does not have the power to regulate shop trading hours or the types of shops that can open.

The policy can only dictate if trading is allowed across the whole city, or only in specific areas/zones.

The draft policy for Tauranga proposes a citywide approach, to provide consistency and certainty to businesses and consumers as to whether they can open and where they can shop.

Consultation will open on Friday 22 September for a month. Consultation documents, submission forms and copies of the draft policy will be available on Council's website, in all libraries and at the customer service centre at 91 Willow Street.

Council will also run a phone survey on the same topic in parallel, to further guide decision-making.

Snapshot survey results – Easter Sunday trading:

The opinion survey received 5736 responses.

When asked whether Easter Sunday trading should be allowed in Tauranga, people said they wanted to see:   

  •   •  No trading allowed on Easter Sunday (current situation)        36 per cent of responses

  •   •  Easter Sunday trading allowed in specific zones            15 per cent of responses

  •   •  Full unrestricted trading on Easter Sunday            49 per cent of responses 

Easter Sunday has traditionally been a restricted trading day, with only a few types of shops allowed to open.

Last year Parliament passed a bill giving territorial authorities the power to create local policies that allow shop trading on Easter Sunday.


@ Angels

Posted on 22-09-2017 17:49 | By MISS ADVENTURE

Not going to happen as they already know what that answer is after numerous independant polls. I agree that a referdenum is needed, provided the facts and truth are on the table, warts and all. But that is the problem, the truth will kill it before it starts.

I have nothing against business owners rights

Posted on 21-09-2017 10:24 | By Mein Fuhrer

to chose when to open for trade, thats fine for small shops but then you have these big chain stores and fast food outlets with all their low paid workers being pressured and bullied into having to work on a "public Holiday" less they may lose their jobs. It would be nice to have a break from our profit driven "good for the economy" mentality.

@ Mein Fuhrer.......

Posted on 20-09-2017 21:19 | By groutby

....simple...don't go..!..good times eh!....enjoy the time in the way YOU wish to (I wouldn't go shopping either)...so it's a yes from me...and can we also include a decision question in the Museum debate in the coming binding referendum for these issues please...

The Hard Basket..

Posted on 20-09-2017 19:32 | By Me again

and the Simple Basket. If you want to shop go shop, if you don't then don't. If you want to open your business then open if you don't then don't. Now where"s the baskets. Oh there's the drama queens and kings.


Posted on 20-09-2017 16:29 | By Papamoaner

Unfortunately religion is embedded by virtue of causing the law. If you want a day off just open your job to temp.

What you mean WE Kimosabe?

Posted on 20-09-2017 12:49 | By The Tomahawk Kid

What do you mean by using the word WE Fletch? You mean YOU - Just because you dont wish to shop would you chose to use force on others so they cannot shop! If you dont wish to shop then I respect your choice - but I do not respect your choice to deny others THEIR choice.

It's only one day of the year

Posted on 20-09-2017 12:17 | By Mein Fuhrer

aren't the other 364 enough for you shopping junkies, cant we just have a break and relax with friends and family.


Posted on 20-09-2017 11:08 | By Kaimai

Otherwise online shopping will kill retailing as we know it.

Just slowdown

Posted on 20-09-2017 11:04 | By waiknot

Forget about religion lets just have a few days where we all can chill. All members of the family can get together without someone going to work. Freedom of choice always seems to work for the few st the top of the ladder.

Freedom to do whqat we want within reason

Posted on 20-09-2017 09:01 | By Papamoaner

It's only an antiquated religious rule anyway. Kick it into touch. This is 2017, not 1957


Posted on 20-09-2017 09:00 | By hapukafin

49% thats more than 49000 people in Tauranga wants to shop.Can the council change sunday from a public holiday to not one?If shops are allow to open then normal selling rights should apply to that shop.There will no doubt be a big cruise ship in on that day.Angeles,we do not need a museum,the rate payers will end up having to fund it.


Posted on 20-09-2017 08:43 | By fletch

this has been going for years. We dont need to shop every day. My reply would be NO


Posted on 20-09-2017 08:40 | By Capt_Kaveman

and yes

Mein Fuher....

Posted on 20-09-2017 08:39 | By simple.really

Thank God times have moved on.On my days off most shops are closed. Would be great to have the luxury of shopping over Easter if I feel inclined. Why should someone make that decision that I can't for me?? If it's based on religion, then give the option for a non paid day off work for those who feel strongly about it. I'm sure the church could subsidise those workers from their large tax free coffers!!

can we just have a few days off

Posted on 20-09-2017 08:00 | By Mein Fuhrer

from shopping shopping and more bloody shopping, like it used to be when I was a young fella, on Sundays there were only service stations(where fuel was dispensed by a serviceman along with window wash and oil check) and dairies open for business.

Time to clear the air

Posted on 20-09-2017 07:28 | By Angels

Time for this issueMuseumTo come to a head, let the ratepayers have a say.

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