Coun­cil ap­proves Easter trad­ing


Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil has voted to ap­prove trad­ing on Easter Sun­day.

Coun­cil­lors heard from five sub­mit­ters out of more than 1200 at the Pol­icy and Reg­u­la­tory Com­mit­tee meet­ing last week. Out of those sub­mis­sions, 51 per cent were in favour of shops in the Waikato dis­trict be­ing able to open on Easter Sun­day.

In the end seven coun­cil­lors voted yes and four were against.

The pro­posal will now go to the Pol­icy and Reg­u­la­tory Com- mit­tee meet­ing on March 21 (to­day) and then to the full coun­cil meet­ing on Mon­day, April 10 for fi­nal vot­ing to be adopted.

Awaroa ki Tuakau coun­cil­lor Jac­qui Church said it would help with eco­nomic devel­op­ment par­tic­u­larly in towns like Po­keno and Tuakau where most of sub­mit­ters wanted the change.

‘‘They con­sider them­selves tourist towns,’’ she said.

But she said it was about per­sonal choice as well.

‘‘I think it comes down to in­di­vid­ual busi­ness own­ers and in­di­vid­ual peo­ple to choose how they want to spend their time on Easter, I’m for that abil­ity to choose their own value sys­tem.’’

Huntly Ward coun­cil­lor Shel­ley Lynch said while she wasn’t in favour of trad­ing on Easter Sun­day, the de­ci­sion to vote ‘yes’ was based on her pro­choice be­liefs.

Tama­here Ward coun­cil­lor Ak­sel Bech said he couldn’t ig­nore what the ma­jor­ity of sub­mit­ters wanted.

Ngaru­awahia coun­cil­lor Janet Gibb said ‘no’ to the pol­icy with a be­lief that a good work­life balance was im­por­tant.

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