Rodney Times - - LOCALJOBS -

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.

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