Easter trad­ing should be al­lowed, cafe owner says

Taupo Times - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - ROBERT STEVEN

Easter Week­end is the sec­ond­bus­i­est time of the year and re­tail stores across the dis­trict should be al­lowed to open, a Tu­rangi cafe owner says.

Cadil­lac Cafe owner Rachael Lange says she sup­ports Taupo¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil’s Draft Easter Trad­ing Pol­icy,

‘‘I just think if you do have that re­li­gious be­lief, that you shouldn’t run a busi­ness on those days, then you should close on those days,’’ Lange said.

‘‘But that shouldn’t ap­ply to ev­ery­body.’’

Cur­rently, only spe­cific busi­nesses – eater­ies, ser­vice sta­tions, dairies, phar­ma­cies, gar­den cen­tres and ser­vices like hair­dressers, which pri­mar­ily sell a ser­vice rather than a good – are permitted to open on Easter Sun­day, as per the gov­ern­ment’s Shop Trad­ing Hours Act 1990.

A his­tor­i­cal ex­emp­tion al­lows su­per­mar­kets and re­tail stores in Taupo¯ town cen­tre to open on Easter Sun­day, but only in the CBD.

The coun­cil’s new draft pol­icy would per­mit all busi­nesses across the dis­trict to open on Easter Sun­day from 10am-3pm.

Mayor David Tre­wavas said the pol­icy was drafted to cre­ate con­sis­tency across the dis­trict, fol­low­ing gov­ern­ment leg­is­la­tion in 2016,

‘‘Cen­tral gov­ern­ment have given the de­ci­sion back to the dis­trict coun­cil’s so we can con­sult our com­mu­ni­ties and come up with a so­lu­tion go­ing for­ward,’’ he said.

‘‘The big thing is that em­ploy­ers can’t force their em­ploy­ees to work on Easter Sun­day,’’ he said.

As per leg­is­la­tion, em­ploy­ees can refuse to work on Easter Sun­day if they wish to, pro­vided no­tice is given within the spec­i­fied rea­son­able time­frame [14 days].

Un­like Easter Fri­day, Easter Sun­day is not a public hol­i­day, so waged em­ploy­ees would not re­ceive public hol­i­day pay, such as time-and-a-half and a day in lieu.

Lange said it was worth open­ing on public hol­i­days, even if staffing costs were higher.

‘‘If I had to close, that would be detri­men­tal. Easter is my sec­ond-busiest time of the year, after New Years.

‘‘You imag­ine if no­body was al­lowed to open. That’d be a pretty bor­ing hol­i­day.’’

The public can make sub­mis­sions on the draft pol­icy un­til Oc­to­ber 31 at taupodc.govt.nz/con­sul­ta­tion.

ROBERT STEVEN

Tu­rangi’s Cadil­lac Cafe owner Rachael Lange says all Taupo¯ dis­trict busi­nesses should be al­lowed to open on Easter Sun­day.

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