Local retail organisation GoRetail have decided that Gore shop doors will stay closed on Easter Sunday. Carvin Streetwear owner Chanelle Purser explains their reasoning.
The decision on whether to let shops open on Easter Sunday is now up to local councils, as the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill has passed its third reading. Retail workers now also have the right to refuse to work on the day without any consequences from their employer.
As with many consumers, The Register and NZRetail editor Sarah Dunn's working hours mean she is largely unable to shop during the week. She argues in favour of lifting Easter trading restrictions.
While a debate was raging over whether shops should open over Easter, stores that did open experienced a sales increase of 13 percent on average. Towns that fared particularly well were tourism hotspots, including Wanaka, Mount Maunganui and Mangawhai.
With Easter fast approaching, its trading laws are a talking point once again. Tourism New Zealand has backed Retail NZ’s stance and is calling for a national approach to the laws. This follows the bill introduced by the Government last year that puts local councils in control of Easter trading hours.