Published 19 December 2007
Waitakere City Council will oppose any law change to allow shops to open on Easter Sunday.
Councillors voted unanimously tonight to endorse the status quo of closing on Easter Sunday, with exemptions for stores such as pharmacies & souvenir shops. The council will make a submission to Parliament after the Government called for views on whether shops should be allowed to open that day.
Cllr Warren Flaunty said there should be no change to the existing law, for the sake of shoppers, retailers & their staff: “I owned a retail business for 35 years and know the pressures that 7-day trading can place on those owners, their staff & their families. Having one or 2 days off a year is just so valuable to them. Surely we can have one or 2 days a year that are free from rampant commercialism.”
Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.