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Porirua busi­ness own­ers should be re­spon­si­ble for de­cid­ing whether or not it is right for them to open on Easter Sun­day.

Cer­tainly, all sorts of work­ers - 600 re­tail work­ers in par­tic­u­lar signed a pe­ti­tion against giv­ing them that choice - de­serve time off to do what they en­joy in life, but we have na­tional em­ploy­ment laws to pro­tect that.

Some pe­ti­tion­ers may have been ea­ger to make sure they could visit church that day, but other re­li­gions might be just as pre­pared to work.

A Porirua Cham­ber of Com­merce sur­vey showed an even-split in what ac­tual re­tail­ers wanted sug­gest­ing that giv­ing them the chance to make up their own minds on how to run their busi­nesses would be use­ful.

A key ar­gu­ment put for­ward by the ma­jor­ity of coun­cil­lors, the Mayor and his deputy, was they were vot­ing on the side of public opin­ion as shown by the 66 per cent of public sub­mis­sions in favour of keep­ing the sta­tus quo.

But with just 86 sub­mis­sions made, it would be good to hear more opin­ions in fu­ture.

- Jared Ni­coll, Kapi-Mana News Se­nior Re­porter

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