Easter Sunday Shop Trading
After consulting with the public, Gisborne District Council has adopted a new policy allowing Easter Sunday trading throughout the district.
The new rules will apply for Easter Sunday 2018 (1 April) and allow shop owners in the Gisborne district to decide whether or not they will be open on the day.
Previously, Easter Sunday trading was controlled by central government and only certain retailers could legally trade. However, the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Act 2016 has now handed this decision to local authorities.
About the policy
The Policy looks to provide a practical and consistent approach to trading on Easter Sunday across the district. It supports Council's aspirations regarding economic development by providing the option of greater retailer trade at a time when the region experiences higher visitor numbers, and acknowledges that Easter Sunday continues to be a day of significance across New Zealand. It does not override shop trading provisions in other legislation such as alcohol licencing, or limit existing employee protections.
Ultimately the policy provides the community with more choice on Easter Sunday. That is, to either enjoy the day as they always have, take up the convenience of wider retail trade on their day off or to open the doors of their business and work.
Read the Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy