Re­tail­ers get op­tion to trade

Napier Courier - - News -

Napier City Coun­cil has de­cided to give re­tail­ers the op­tion of trad­ing on Easter Sun­day.

At a hear­ing be­fore the full coun­cil held last Mon­day, coun­cil­lors voted 8-3 to adopt the pol­icy. Coun­cil­lors Api Tap­ine, An­nette Bros­nan and Max­ine Boag voted against, while coun­cil­lors Tony Jef­fery and Ta­nia Wright were un­able to at­tend the hear­ing.

Thir­teen of the 177 sub­mit­ters to the pro­posed pol­icy chose to speak at the hear­ing.

A num­ber of key themes were iden­ti­fied in the sub­mis­sions for the pol­icy, the main ones be­ing that re­tail­ers should be given the free­dom of choice, it’s good for the econ­omy, tourism and vi­brancy, and not every­body ob­serves this as a re­li­gious hol­i­day.

The key themes for those op­pos­ing the pol­icy were more var­ied, but in­cluded that Easter Sun­day should be a day to spend with fam­i­lies, that Easter Sun­day is a day of re­li­gious sig­nif­i­cance, and that tourists would do other things if shops were closed.

Changes to the Shop Trad­ing Hours Act has given lo­cal coun­cils the op­tion to adopt a pol­icy that al­lows shops to trade on Easter Sun­day. The coun­cil pre­vi­ously voted to adopt a pol­icy that al­lowed shops to trade on Easter Sun­day in 2017 and 2018. How­ever, it was over­turned in Au­gust this year by a High Court de­ci­sion that deemed con­sul­ta­tion was in­ad­e­quate.

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