Close
 

Easter Sunday shop trading laws to change

  • News
  • August 24, 2015
  • Elly Strang
Easter Sunday shop trading laws to change

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse says the current rules surrounding shop trading over the Easter period are complicated and arbitrary.

The current law allows certain shops selling specific items to remain open on Easter Sunday, while others must close their doors.

Shops in Queenstown and Taupo are allowed to open on Easter Sunday because of tourist exemptions, while, puzzingly, shops in Wanaka and Rotorua can’t.

Stores such as dairies, service stations, duty frees, takeaway shops and restaurants and pharmacies are allowed to open provided they meet the required conditions.

Shops that aren’t supposed to open on Easter Sunday but do are liable for a fine of up to $1000.

Some retailers in the past have gone ahead and opened anyway, as their profits far exceeded the fine.

Retail NZ chief executive Mark Johnston said earlier this year that the legislation was outdated and unfair on bricks and mortar retailers, as ecommerce shopping isn’t hindered by the law.

Fashion retailer Annah Stretton agreed and called it “ridiculous” that Easter trading laws don’t take ecommerce into account.

“It is a matter of urgency that we review our archaic retail laws and bring them into the new century, drafting new ones that are more pro-choice for both workers and shoppers,” she says.

“The profits garden centres receive more than cover the $1000 fine they pay to trade on that day - proof that there is demand from customers for stores to be open. If customers want to shop, and workers want to work – why is the Government stopping them?”

Woodhouse says the current trading laws mean that some businesses and regions have an unfair advantage over others.

He says the law change will also give workers the right to decline or accept work if they’re offered a shift on that day, with no reason necessary for declining it.

This allows workers to still take leave over the Easter holiday if they want to, Woodhouse says.

East Sunday is the only law undergoing a change, as he says there is too much religious and cultural significance attached to Good Friday, Anzac Day and Christmas to change them.

The Bill is likely to be introduced in the coming weeks.

The effects of it are expected to take place from Easter 2017.

Retail NZ today welcomed the new changes, but called for the Government to go further.

“It’s great news for shoppers and retailers alike that more flexibility is being proposed, but there is a place for considering whether the Government has any place in 2015 regulating shopping hours, outside the ANZAC Day remembrance period,” Johnston says.

“Shopping is a now a family pastime.  Kiwis love to shop, and the Government shouldn’t be trying to regulate when that happens.  No matter what the day, nobody should be forced to shop, no shops should be forced to open, and no employees should be forced to work.”

Johnston says he is concerned about the impact of delegating decision-making to local authorities, saying Retail NZ would prefer to see a national approach. He says bylaw processes across councils will create significant costs for ratepayers and compliance costs for businesses.

This is a community discussion forum. Comment is free but please respect our rules:

  1. Don’t be abusive or use sweary type words
  2. Don’t break the law: libel, slander and defamatory comments are forbidden
  3. Don’t resort to name-calling, mean-spiritedness, or slagging off
  4. Don’t pretend to be someone else.

If we find you doing these things, your comments will be edited without recourse and you may be asked to go away and reconsider your actions.
We respect the right to free speech and anonymous comments. Don’t abuse the privilege.

 
Sponsored content

How eCard Solutions is boosting sustainability with recyclable gift cards

Consumers, for some time now, have been looking at their consumption of plastic. Single-use plastic shopping bags were banned in New Zealand during July 2019 ...

 
 

My feet and I are begging Ziera to pull through

  • Opinion
  • October 4, 2019
  • Sarah Dunn
My feet and I are begging Ziera to pull through

New Zealand heritage footwear retailer Ziera has gone into voluntary receivership. NZ Retail and The Register editor and associate publisher Sarah Dunn considers its place in the market and what needs to happen for it to return to form.

Read more
 
 

Genoapay enjoys strong growth in New Zealand

  • News
  • October 3, 2019
  • The Register team
Genoapay enjoys strong growth in New Zealand

As buy now pay later services continue to grow in popularity, Latitude Financial has announced that its digital payments platform Genoapay has partnered with 26 merchants.

Read more
 

Social scoreboard

Zavy and The Register have worked together to create a scoreboard that compares how the top 25 traditional media advertising spenders in New Zealand have performed on social media over the past 30 days, updated in real time.

 
topics
Concept to closet
Business coverage of New Zealand Fashion Week.
Regional rollercoaster
What does retail look like in 2019 for ...
Town centres
A positive retail environment over the past 12 ...
Amazon Arrival
Keeping up with all things Amazon as it ...
The Retail Yearbook 2017
As we battle our way through the busiest ...
The future is bright
We spoke with four retailers in their twenties ...
Hospitality enhancing retail
Some think food and integrated hospitality offerings will ...
Spotlight on signage
At first glance, the humble in-store sign might ...
Red Awards 2016
The Red Awards for retail interior design celebrate ...
Auckland Unitary Plan
Auckland is changing. The Unitary Plan will decide ...
How to open a store
Sarah Dunn considers what it would take to ...
All things to all people
Kiwi retailers share their omnichannel strategies.
Rising stars
Retail's top young achievers.
Delivering on your promises
The sale isn't over until your item is ...
Retail in heartland New Zealand
Retailers keep the regions pumping, but how strong ...
Sisterhood
Women in retail help one another. We spoke ...
The changing face of retail
Shifting demographics are creating big changes in New ...
The retail yearbook
With the help of experts in the retail ...
Retail rogues
We put the spotlight on staff training. Jai ...
Here come the giants
Topshop has arrived in Auckland’s CBD, David Jones ...
From retail to e-tail
Ecommerce has become part of the way mainstream ...
Loyalty in the digital age
How are retailers maintaining loyalty? Sarah Dunn, Elly ...
Window shopping: A spotlight on social media
Sarah Dunn and Elly Strang look at how ...
The Innovators | In partnership with Spark Business
Technology is rapidly changing the retail industry as ...
 

Hallenstein Glassons posts $29m profit for the year

  • News
  • October 3, 2019
  • Radio New Zealand
Hallenstein Glassons posts $29m profit for the year

Hallenstein Glassons has had a modest lift in sales and profits, helped by growth in Australia and online sales.

Read more
 
 

Five things companies should consider before they scale up

  • Opinion
  • October 3, 2019
  • Ben Kepes
Five things companies should consider before they scale up

Ben Kepes is a technology analyst, commentator and consultant. His commentary has been widely published in such outlets as Forbes, Wired and The Guardian, while he has also been an investor in a large number of early-stage technology start-ups across three continents and has had successful exits to listed and privately held companies in Canada, the US, and the UK. He currently sits on the boards of a number of non-profit, privately held and listed companies in New Zealand and the UK and has won a number of accolades, including being a recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award in 2016. Here, he shares five things companies should consider before they scale up.

Read more
 

Countdown celebrates its top suppliers

  • News
  • October 3, 2019
  • The Register team
Countdown celebrates its top suppliers

In its annual supplier awards this week, Countdown has highlighted its top suppliers.

Read more
 
Next page
Results for
Topics
Jobs
About us.

The Register provides essential industry news and intelligence, updated daily. And the digital newsletter delivers the latest news to your inbox twice a week — for free!

©2009–2015 Tangible Media. All rights reserved.
Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Privacy policy.

Advertise
The Register

editor@theregister.co.nz

Content marketing/advertising? Email anita.hayhoe@icg.co.nz or call 022 639 3004

View Media Kit

}