It’s the annual Easter ritual:
Shops caught breaching trading law
Twenty-two shops across the country have been caught flouting the Good Friday Easter trading laws, according to the Labour Department.
The breaches come in the wake of a new poll which shows opinion is split on whether stores should be allowed to trade over the Easter weekend. The Shop Trading Hours Act Repeal Act 1990 specifies most shops must close on Christmas Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and until 1pm on ANZAC Day. There are exemptions to the Act, with dairies and service stations allowed to sell essential items and pharmacies able to trade as usual. …
Of the 38 shops visited by labour inspectors today, 22 were open, the Department said. … Those found guilty face a fine of up to $1000.
But the latest Colmar Brunton poll found Kiwis were nearly evenly split on whether businesses should be able to trade on Good Friday and Easter Sunday if they chose to. …
By all means let’s have the debate, and make a decision. If we keep the current law, then I think we must also increase the derisory fine. It makes a mockery of the law to have it so widely flouted.
For the record, I’m in favour of the current law. There are enough days in the year to shop – let’s preserve some as widespread holidays.