Council consults on Easter trading
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.