Research NZ 6 April 2010
A number of retail outlets were open on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. This repeats an established pattern that sees a number of retail outlets fined for having been open, when they should have been closed. The retailers claim that they are open because of public demand. Research New Zealand decided to find out just what level of support there is for a change to the current legislation which, with some exceptions, prohibits retailers from opening on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
The findings from the poll suggest that the retailers have far from established their case for a change to the law. Some 61 percent of New Zealanders oppose a change to the legislation to allow retailers to open on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, while 35 percent support it.