Have your say on Easter trad­ing in the Waikato

Hamilton Metro News - - News -

Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil is propos­ing to adopt an Easter Trad­ing Pol­icy which will al­low shops within the Waikato dis­trict to open on Easter Sun­day.

A re­cent change in leg­is­la­tion means that it is now up to in­di­vid­ual coun­cils to de­cide if they in­tro­duce a lo­cal pol­icy for shop trad­ing on Easter Sun­day. At the mo­ment shops can’t open on Easter Sun­day un­less they meet cer­tain cri­te­ria.

Coun­cil is seek­ing feed­back on the is­sue. The sub­mis­sion pe­riod will close at 5pm, Fe­bru­ary 17.

“It’s im­por­tant that peo­ple have their say by Fe­bru­ary 17, even if they agree with the pro­posal or if they pre­vi­ously told us their thoughts dur­ing our first con­sul­ta­tion in Oc­to­ber,” said act­ing chief executive Tony Whit­taker.

“At the mo­ment a num­ber of shops in our dis­trict can’t open on Easter Sun­day. If the pol­icy is adopted it will give busi­ness own­ers the choice.

“It will be up to the busi­ness own­ers whether they de­cide to open or not.”

To have your say, go to www.waika­todis­trict.govt.nz/sayit For more in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing the draft pol­icy and state­ment of pro­posal, visit www.waika­todis­trict.govt.nz The state­ment of pro­posal in­cludes in­for­ma­tion about shops that can open now, what shops would be able to open if the draft pol­icy was adopted and what hap­pens next.

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