Former All Blacks take on Government over Easter Sunday opening hours law change

Stuff co.nz 19 August 2016
Family First Comment: Go Michael! (a member of our Board of Reference 🙂 )

Labour has enlisted two former All Blacks in a bid to take down legislation which would let shops open on Easter Sundays.

Michael Jones and Aiolupotea Tonu’u have called on Pacific MPs to vote against the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill, saying it would stop some in the Pacific community from spending the religious holiday with their church and families.

The legislation would allow local councils to decide whether or not to open their doors on Easter Sunday.

The bill narrowly passed its most recent test on Wednesday night by 62 votes to 59.

Jones, a devout Christian who did not play test matches on Sundays during his career, said in a statement that Easter Sunday was an important day in the Christian calendar.

“If the Government’s reforms go ahead many New Zealanders will miss out on the opportunity to spend Easter Sunday with their church, their communities and their families.
READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/83357687/former-all-blacks-take-on-government-over-easter-sunday-opening-hours-law-change

Rugby stars lobby against Easter trading changes
NZ Herald 19 August 2016
Two former All Blacks are putting pressure on Pacific Island MPs to vote against law changes which will allow shops to open on Easter Sunday.

Former rugby stars Michael Jones and Aiolupotea Tonu’u said today that the law change could harm Pacific workers who had obligations to their churches and families on the religious holiday.

They are appealing directly to Pacific MPs in Parliament to cast their vote against the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill when it returns to Parliament.

The bill will give councils the power to pass bylaws to allow trading on Easter Sunday.
READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11697208

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