STATEMENT OF PROPOSAL
The Shop Trading Hours Act 1990 (the Act) was amended in 2016 to enable Councils to decide whether retailers in their districts could open their shops on Easter Sunday. Previously the Act only allowed shops selling certain types of goods (for example dairies, service stations and garden centres) to remain open on Easter Sunday.
In February 2017 Council adopted a Local Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy (the Policy) to allow shops to trade on Easter Sunday throughout the district. The Shop Trading Hours Act 1990 requires that a policy review be conducted five years after the adoption of the Policy. A review of the Policy must be conducted in accordance with the special consultative procedure of the Local Government Act.
PURPOSE OF THE POLICY
The purpose of the Local Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy is to enable shops to trade on Easter Sunday if they wish to.
REASONS FOR THE PROPOSAL
ŌDC has an existing policy which allows trading on Easter Sunday throughout the entire Otorohanga District which is now due for review and for public consultation. Council is recommending that the policy continue without change, maintaining the status quo by allowing shops to open on Easter Sunday across the district.
ŌDC recognizes the importance of the retail sector to the district, particularly during peak holiday periods such as Easter. It is important that not only our local community has a choice to shop on Easter Sunday, but that retail businesses in our urban areas and along our state highways can benefit from the trade visitors and passing traffic bring to the District.
Council is also mindful of the views of workers' rights bodies and faith-based organisations who believe that increasing retail activity on Easter Sunday takes away personal rights and privileges and places an obligation to work on their members. The fact that some Districts, including some large metros do not have a Local Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy shows that the concept of allowing more shops to open has not been universally adopted.
This consultation is an opportunity for the community to have their say on the policy review. We would like to hear from you as to whether:
When considering making comment on this policy review submitters need to be aware that the Act states that a Local Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy cannot:
area may open, or
CONSULTATION AND SUBMISSIONS
In reviewing this Policy, Council must use the Special Consultative Procedure set out in section 83 of the Local Government Act 2002.
Anyone can make a submission on the review of the Local Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy 2017 and we encourage you to tell us your views. A submission form is included with this Statement of Proposal.
Copies of the Statement of Proposal are available on Otorohanga District Council website www.otodc.govt.nz, or alternatively, hard copies are available from the Council Office, 17 Maniapoto St, Otorohanga. For any queries, please phone 07 873 4000.
When you complete the submission form, email or write to us, please indicate if you wish to speak at the hearing, and we will send you more details closer to the time.
Submissions on the review will be received from Friday 19 May 2023 up to 5.00pm Friday 23 June 2023.
Submissions may be submitted to Council in the following manner – post, hand delivery or email.
Details of each of these methods are as follows:
Email: [email protected]
Post: Local Easter Sunday Trading Policy
Ōtorohanga District Council
PO Box 11
Hand Delivery: Ōtorohanga District Council
17 Maniapoto St
19 May 2023
23 June 2023
18 July 2023
Council Hearing of Submissions
Council Deliberations and Decision on Review of Policy
Statement of Proposal [PDF 118 KB]
Local Easter Sunday Shop Policy 2017 [PDF 113 KB]
Submission form (pdf for printing) [PDF 119 KB]