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Easter Sunday Shop Trading

We're proposing a policy which will allow retailers throughout the Gisborne district to trade on Easter Sunday, if they choose to.  

Giving retailers the choice to trade may provide the chance to increase income over the long weekend, and provide a higher level of service to locals and visitors. 

The Shop Trading Hours Act 1990 was amended in 2016 to enable councils to decide whether retailers in their districts can open on Easter Sunday.  

What we're proposing

To put in place a local policy to allow shop trading across the entire district on Easter Sunday.

Draft Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy - Background and Quick Facts [PDF, 260 KB]

Draft Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy [PDF, 323 KB]

What we can't do

We can't include restrictions on opening hours and can't require shops to open on Easter Sunday.

All shop employees have the ability to refuse to work on Easter Sunday without providing a reason to their employer.

The policy can't override shop trading provisions in other legislation such as the sale of alcohol.


Feedback closed Wednesday 17 January

A hearing will be held in February/March 2018 depending on the type of submissions. 

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