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