Have your say on Easter Sunday Trading – Tell us what you think Have your say on Easter Sunday Trading – Tell us what you think

Easter Sunday Trading – Tell us what you think

Status:Open

Closing date:11/06/2017

Area:Auckland Wide

Contact:eastersundaytrading@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

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Auckland Council wants Aucklanders to share their views on whether or not to allow more shops to open on Easter Sunday from 2018.

Please provide your feedback using the online form 

Feedback closes at 4.00pm Sunday 11 June 2017.

 

Background on Easter Sunday trading:

Under the current law, only some shops are allowed to open on Easter Sunday, these include:

  • service stations
  • dairies
  • pharmacies
  • restaurants and cafes
  • take away food shops
  • duty free stores
  • garden centres
  • shops at public transport stations and at shows or exhibitions
  • certain services (e.g. hairdressers, video rental and real estate agencies)
  • shops in Parnell Road.

The following types of shops are not allowed to open on Easter Sunday: 

  • shopping malls
  • supermarkets
  • clothing retailers
  • appliance, computer, electronics shops
  • homeware shops
  • sports and recreation equipment shops.

Due to a recent law change Auckland Council can now decide whether or not to allow more shops to open on Easter Sunday. Find out more: Easter Sunday trading

Any change would exclude alcohol which would still only be sold with a meal at a restaurant or café.

Easter Sunday is not a public holiday. Shop employees working on Easter Sunday would be paid their normal rate - not time and a half or a paid day off (time in lieu).

Shop employees can refuse to work on Easter Sunday without giving a reason to their employer. But there are special processes around this that must be followed by employees and employers.


Easter Sunday trading decision

At the end of August 2017, Auckland Council will decide to either: 

  • retain the status quo  - where only shops currently able to trade on Easter Sunday will continue to be able to do so
    OR
  • propose a policy to allow more shops, in either all or parts of Auckland to trade on Easter Sunday from 2018.

If a policy is proposed Aucklanders will have another opportunity to have their say on Easter Sunday trading in late 2017.

Information on how to have a say on any proposed policy for Easter Sunday trading will be made available on the Auckland Council website.

A final decision on any proposed policy will be made in time for Easter Sunday 2018.

 

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