Auckland Council has voted overwhelmingly to keep shops across the city closed on Easter Sunday. Councillors voted on the controversial issue last week, after the government delegated decision-making on Easter trading to local councils last year. The politicians faced pressure from demonstrators who gathered outside the Auckland Council Chambers in a last ditch effort to sway their vote. The First Union members and church-goers wanted to keep Easter Sunday a holiday for workers. Meanwhile, Retail NZ had urged councillors to ditch the trading restrictions.