As we enter the long Easter weekend, many of us will not only participate in an Easter egg hunt, but will buy our friends or family a Lotto ticket as an easy Easter gift in lieu of an egg. Many children will of course receive (and eat) many chocolate eggs! This much is expected.
What was unexpected was the news that as of the 1st April, Lotto have quietly increased the price of Lotto tickets from 60 to 70 cents per line and Powerball from 60 to 80 cents per line. They are packaging it as an improved offer to punters; in their words, "the Lotto and Powerball Games have changed to provide more and better prizes".
The price change may not sound like much, but it represents a significant increase in cost to the average Lotto and Powerball participant.
Why have they kept it so quiet? More to the point how crafty can you be, introducing the price increase just before the Easter weekend!? Transparency is crucial, and certainly that has not been the case with the increases in the cost of Lotto! (Still, let’s hope we all win big this weekend!)
Easter 2017 will be the benchmark for new Easter trading hours.
I suspect that this year will be the last time that we will see Easter Sunday and Good Friday observed as closed. It is inevitable that law be relaxed across the board by local bodies who now have the power to do so, and 2018 we will most assuredly see the brakes come off on the traditional closures.
So what will this mean for those of us who take our Easter break?
Will we take the opportunity to shop on Good Friday and Easter Sunday? Or will we not bother? Regrettably, I predict Easter will just become another weekend. What a great shame. What a pity we couldn't as a nation just observe a couple of days of quiet time and enjoy our families?
Maybe that's old fashioned, maybe we need to be full on 100% of the year! In a few years’ time, we will forget what it was like to celebrate Easter and Christmas as family and Christian celebrations. Why is it that we have to follow world trends when being "old fashioned" is sometimes really good for you!?
Enjoy Easter 2017, travel safe, and don't forget your Lotto tickets!
Finally, this week is the last week for Sarah, who leaves RCG to travel overseas. Sarah has been responsible for the last 2 years of pulling together our weekly NiB; she leaves us with our best wishes and many thanks for her contribution.
Paul Keane is a registered property professional and has vast experience in New Zealand’s commercial property industries. He provides retail and property consultancy including development management to many New Zealand property owners, developers and city councils. This post originally appeared on RCG's blog.