Easter trad­ing ban to re­main in place

Auckland City Harbour News - - SITUATIONS VACANT - HAR­RI­SON CHRIS­TIAN

Auck­land Coun­cil has voted 20 votes to one 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.

Twenty-eight coun­cils across the coun­try now al­low shops to open on Easter Sun­day, but the Su­per City will not fol­low suit.

Auck­land coun­cil­lor Richard Hills said he voted to keep the re­stric­tions in place.

‘‘We all gave very dif­fer­ent views on why we sup­ported to keep the sta­tus quo.

‘‘Mine was about pro­tect­ing work­ers, es­pe­cially young work­ers, and keep­ing one of our three days a year free for most to have time with fam­ily and friends or even explore our awe­some city.’’

The trad­ing laws are of­ten crit­i­cised as ar­chaic and rem­nants of a by­gone time when New Zealand was pre­dom­i­nantly Chris­tian.

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