Have your say on Easter trading in the Waikato
Waikato District Council is proposing to adopt an Easter Trading Policy which will allow shops within the Waikato district to open on Easter Sunday.
A recent change in legislation means that it is now up to individual councils to decide if they introduce a local policy for shop trading on Easter Sunday. At the moment shops can’t open on Easter Sunday unless they meet certain criteria.
Council is seeking feedback on the issue. The submission period will close at 5pm, February 17.
“It’s important that people have their say by February 17, even if they agree with the proposal or if they previously told us their thoughts during our first consultation in October,” said acting chief executive Tony Whittaker.
“At the moment a number of shops in our district can’t open on Easter Sunday. If the policy is adopted it will give business owners the choice.
“It will be up to the business owners whether they decide to open or not.”
To have your say, go to www.waikatodistrict.govt.nz/sayit For more information, including the draft policy and statement of proposal, visit www.waikatodistrict.govt.nz The statement of proposal includes information about shops that can open now, what shops would be able to open if the draft policy was adopted and what happens next.