3 News 28 June 2012
The retail workers union is praising Parliament for defeating a bill which would have allowed shops in MP Jacqui Dean’s Waitaki electorate to open on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The bill went down 70-49 on a conscience vote on Wednesday night. Ms Dean, a Government MP, said towns in her central Otago electorate were suffering because they couldn’t open while nearby Queenstown was exempt. “Lots of people visit Wanaka, Geraldine and other places over Easter and do you know what happens? They all go shopping in Queenstown,” she told parliament. Some MPs who spoke against the bill during the first reading debate said retail staff would be forced to work over Easter.