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Easter Sunday Trading


We are seeking your feedback on our proposal to continue to allow all shops to trade on Easter Sunday across the district.

Our Proposal

We’ve had a policy in place since 2017 that allows all shops to trade on Easter Sunday across the district. This gives retailers the option to open their shop on Easter Sunday and customers the option to go shopping. We have to review our policy because it’s nearly five years old. We don’t think we need to change things, but we need your feedback so we can make our decision.

Why do we have a Local Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy?

The Shop Trading Act 1990 restricts the trading of shops on Easter Sunday. However, there are some exemptions outlined in the Act. For example garden centres, dairies, supermarkets, Duty Free stores, pharmacies, and food take-aways are permitted to open on Easter Sunday. Some towns such as Queenstown and Taupō also have historical exemptions.

The Act was changed in 2016 to allow councils to have a local Easter Sunday shop trading policy. A policy can permit all shops to open on Easter Sunday, in an entire district or in specified parts of a district. A policy can not include any other conditions in which shops may open e.g. permit only some types of shops to open or specify times at which shops may open.

Read the documents | Pānui ngā tuhinga

The Council report summarises the public feedback we received in 2017 and the various policy options:

Our statement of proposal has a bit more information :

Tell us your feedback

How to tell us what you think | He aha ōu whakaaro, korero mai …

Written feedback will be accepted from Friday, 1 October 2021 to 4pm Monday 1 November 2021

Talk to us

  • You could call one of your local councillors to have a chat.
  • You can contact us to book in to speak to the Council at a hearing on Tuesday, 23 November 2021.
  • We can also draft your feedback into a written statement. Call us on 07 862 8609 or 0800 734 834 (from within the district) and ask for a member of the Strategic Planning Team.