Shop­pers sup­port Easter trade change

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By MA­JORIE COOK

Hol­i­day mak­ers were happy that many Wanaka store keep­ers again flouted trad­ing laws on Good Fri­day.

Not all shops opened in Wanaka on Good Fri­day but those that did, kept hol­i­day mak­ers sat­is­fied.

Shop­pers, as might have been ex­pected, uni­ver­sally agreed that law re­form was needed so busi­nesses in tourist re­sorts like Wanaka could pro­vide a ser­vice.

One Auck­land hol­i­day maker, who de­clined to be named, was en­joy­ing an ice­cream while brows­ing street side cloth­ing racks on Dun­more St.

‘‘I am glad the shops are open. But my brother and sis­ter-in-law are off to a church ser­vice,’’ she said.

Oa­maru hol­i­day-maker Bar­bara Allen said shop keep­ers should ‘‘Go for it!’’.

‘‘If you can make money, why not? This is a tourist out­let. We’ve just had lunch and now we are do­ing a tiki tour of the shops. We are not lo­cal, so we want them to be open,’’ Allen said.

Chilean tourists Marco and Carolina Pa­gani had been to a out­door equip­ment sup­plier.

They are head­ing north to Auck­land and needed more fuel for their gas stove.

Marco Pa­gani ex­plained that Chile also has Easter Trad­ing laws, but they only ap­ply on Sun­day. Shop­ping in Wanaka was ‘‘bril­liant’’, they said.

Auck­land hol­i­day­maker Mate Gla­muz­ina was rest­ing in a cafe af­ter buy­ing some new clothes.

He was pleased with his Wanaka shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence and be­lieved the laws should be changed.

The Min­istry of Busi­ness In­no­va­tion and En­ter­prise em­ploys the labour in­spec­tors who could be check­ing for com­pli­ance in Wanaka.

‘‘MBIE’s Labour In­spec­torate does not give ad­vance de­tails of its en­force­ment ac­tiv­i­ties,’’ com­mu­ni­ca­tions ad­viser Ella Zaykova said on Thurs­day.

Zaykova re­leased statis­tics re­veal­ing 205 pros­e­cu­tions for Easter Trad­ing since 2007, and 19 com­plaints in 2014, re­sult­ing in 17 of­fi­cial warn­ings.

‘‘I bought a shirt and a jacket. Shop­ping at Easter is a good thing.’’ Auck­land’s Mate Gla­muz­ina was happy to get in some hol­i­day shop­ping in Wanaka.

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