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.