Trading on Easter Sunday

Have your say on whether or not shops in our district should be allowed to trade on Easter Sunday if they wish.​

Make a submission now

All submissions need to be received by Waipa District Co​uncil by 5pm on Monday 14 August 2017.​​

​Background

In August 2016 the Government decided that all 79 Councils in New Zealand should choose whether or not to allow shops in their city or district to trade on Easter Sunday. Before this law change most shops had to remain closed on three and a half days of the year – Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Anzac Day (until 1pm) and Christmas Day.

Now our Council must decide, on behalf of all ratepayers, whether or not Easter Sunday trading should be permitted in the Waipa district. (The decision would not affect Good Friday, which would remain a non-trading day, or Easter Monday).

A number of nearby councils have already adopted new Easter Sunday trading policies. Hauraki District Council, Waikato District Council, Matamata-Piako District Council and Thames-Coromandel District Council now all have policies which allow Easter Sunday trading. Hamilton City Council will make a decision in July 2017. Waipa District Council is now considering a draft policy which, if adopted, would allow shops to trade on that day if they wish to.

Council is now formally seeking your views on that draft policy. A decision on whether or not to allow Easter Sunday trading in the Waipa district will not be made until the community’s views have been heard.

Which shops can open now?

Under current law, some shops are allowed to open on Easter Sunday – but with conditions attached.

Those shops include dairies, service stations, takeaway bars, restaurants and cafes, duty free stores, shops providing services but not selling goods (e.g, a hairdresser or video store), real estate agencies, pharmacies, garden centres, shops at public transport hubs, shops within an exhibition or show and souvenir stores.

For more information: www.employment.govt.nz

What's being proposed?

Under current rules, most shops in Waipa District cannot trade on Easter Sunday. Waipa District Council is proposing to adopt a policy which, if adopted, would change that situation. If the draft policy is adopted, it would allow shops in Waipa to trade on Easter Sunday if they chose to. Shops could not be ‘forced’ to open.

By law, all shop employees could refuse to work on Easter Sunday, without having to give a reason.

If a policy was adopted, it would only apply to Easter Sunday. The policy would not impact on Good Friday (which would remain a non-trading day) or Easter Monday. If trading on Easter Sunday was permitted, Council (by law) could not control the types of shops that might open. Nor could Council (by law) control opening hours of those shops.

The policy would not override other rules relating to shop trading, such as liquor licensing laws. Those rules would still apply.​

Why is there a change?

Councils are now required to set their own rules around Easter Sunday trading in their city or district.

Waipa District Council is considering a draft policy which, if adopted, would allow shops in the district to trade on Easter Sunday.

Here are your options:

 Option 1 

If the draft Easter Sunday Trading policy is not adopted, the status quo will stand. This means Waipa shops (with very few exceptions) would not be allowed to trade on Easter Sunday.

 Option 2 

If the draft Easter Sunday Trading policy is adopted, shops in the Waipa district would be allowed to trade on Easter Sunday.​

Waipa District Council is now seeking the views of its community on whether or not to allow trading on Easter Sunday in its district. A final decision will not be made until October 2017, once the views of the community have been heard.​

Have your say

Trading on Easter Sunday: yes or no? Have your say on whether or not shops in our district should be allowed to trade on Easter Sunday if they wish.

All submissions need to be received by Waipa District Council by 5pm on Monday 14 August 2017.​

How to make a submission

If you wish to present your comments in person, Council will hear verbal submissions on Tuesday 5 September 2017, or come along to a drop-in info session to chat with the Councillors and project team:

  • Cambridge library (Wilson St), Monday 17 July, 11.30am - 1pm
  • Cambridge library (Wilson St)​, Thursday 3 August, 4.30pm - 6.30pm
  • Te Awamutu library (Selwyn Lane), Wednesday 19 July, 11.30am - 1pm
  • Te Awamutu library​ (Selwyn Lane), Monday 31 July, 4.30pm - 6.30pm​

Statement of Proposal

Want to read the print version of the Statement of Proposal?
Download:   Statement of Proposal - Trading on Easter Sunday [PDF, 1MB, 4 pages]​​

Print copies of the Statement of Proposal and of the submission form are also available at Council offices and libraries, or by phoning 0800 WAIPA DC (924 723) and requesting a copy.​

Key dates

  • Submissions open: Thursday 13 July 2017
  • Drop-in info sessions:
    • Cambridge library (Wilson St), Monday 17 July, 11.30am - 1pm
    • Cambridge library (Wilson St)​, Thursday 3 August, 4.30pm - 6.30pm
    • Te Awamutu library (Selwyn Lane), Wednesday 19 July, 11.30am - 1pm
    • Te Awamutu library​ (Selwyn Lane), Monday 31 July, 4.30pm - 6.30pm
  • Submissions deadline: 5pm Monday 14 August 2017
  • Formal hearing: Tuesday 5 September 2017
  • Final decision: October 2017
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