Shoppers support Easter trade change
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.