Easter shopping cracked open


All retail shops in the Waikato district will be able to open on Easter Sunday this year.

The Waikato District Council adopted the Easter Trading Policy 2017 at yesterday’s Council meeting, after a recommendation from its Policy and Regulatory Committee last month.

Submissions on the policy were evenly split but the council decision means individual business owners can make their own choice about whether they open or not.

During a consultation period, from December 14 to February 7, 1268 submissions were received with 51% (656) in favour of shops being able to open. The majority opposed to the policy cited religious reasons, preservation of community culture or ensuring workers had a break.

Councillors acknowledged the tight margin between those for and against the policy.

The views of those opposing the policy were discussed in detail as well as the benefits of giving shop owners the choice to open. As well as giving business owners choice the policy ensures a consistent approach across the district.

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