Tasman District Council closes door on Easter trading

Stuff co.nz 2 December 2016
Family First Comment: Good. Workers deserve a break! 

Consumers should not plan any shopping sprees in the Tasman district next Easter Sunday because most stores will be closed.

Tasman district councillors agreed on Thursday to retain the status quo, which means stores are not allowed to trade on Easter Sunday except for those businesses with exemptions under the Shop Trading Hours Act.

The decision was not the preferred option outlined in a staff report by strategic policy manager Sharon Flood. Her preference was for the council to approve the release of a draft policy for public consultation to allow Easter Sunday trading in 2017.

It was designed to be released as a joint policy with Nelson City Council, which is due to discuss the matter on December 15.

Flood’s report comes after two Nelson-Tasman surveys – a self-selecting online poll and an independent telephone survey – showed residents appeared to be divided on whether shops should be allowed to trade on Easter Sunday.
READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/87099927/tasman-district-council-closes-door-on-easter-trading
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