Coun­cil con­sults on Easter trad­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - MIKE BAIN

Mata­mata-Pi­ako District Coun­cil is us­ing Easter to gain feed­back on whether shops should open on Easter Sun­day - next year.

At the mo­ment the ma­jor­ity of shops are not al­lowed to open on the sa­cred day.

Gov­ern­ment has given all coun­cils the power to de­ter­mine if shops should open on Easter Sun­day.

Mata­mata-Pi­ako District Coun­cil recog­nises the sig­nif­i­cant im­por­tance Easter Sun­day along with Good Fri­day is held by peo­ple.

But it also recog­nises the im­por­tance of the re­tail sec­tor to the district, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing peak hol­i­day pe­ri­ods.

There could be po­ten­tial eco­nomic ben­e­fits from al­low­ing shows in the district to open. But first the coun­cil is ask­ing peo­ple to in­di­cate whether they agree, via its ques­tion­naire.

There were three op­tions avail­able to coun­cil.

One is the sta­tus quo, sec­ond is to al­low cer­tain per­mit­ted ar­eas with a par­tic­u­lar tourism ap­peal to op­er­ate on Easter Sun­day, or a district wide pol­icy.

The lat­ter would re­duce frus­tra­tion and con­fu­sion from busi­nesses strug­gling to un­der­stand who can and can­not trade on Easter Sun­day.

It would also di­min­ish en­force­ment costs as a district wide ap­proach would re­quire no mon­i­tor­ing of ar­eas. Em­ploy­ees can’t be forced to work on Easter Sun­day.

Easter Trad­ing is one of a num­ber of items the coun­cil is seek­ing pub­lic feed­back on un­til April 26.

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