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Have Your Say on Easter Sunday Shop Trading

The Masterton District Council Draft Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy was adopted as a Statement of Proposal on 21 December 2016.

The draft policy allows trading on Easter Sunday. The Wairarapa is a popular destination for Easter weekend and trading on Easter Sunday may offer opportunities to local retailers to benefit economically. At the same time Easter Sunday is a day of significance across New Zealand and some members of our community would prefer that the status quo is maintained.

Before making a final decision, we want to hear your views. Council is now seeking submissions from any interested person or organisation on any aspect of the proposed policy.

You can download the draft policy and submission form here or collect a copy from the Council office at 161 Queen Street or from the Masterton District Library.

All submissions must be in writing and can be returned, for the attention of Louise Hopkins, by:

Delivering to Masterton District Council, 161 Queen Street;
Posting to Masterton District Council, PO Box 444, Masterton 5840; or
Emailing to

Submissions close at 4:30pm on Tuesday 7th February 2017.

Hearings will be held on Wednesday 15th February 2017. Any person or organisation who makes a written submission will be given an opportunity to be heard at that meeting.

Shop Trading Hours Act 1990
A recent amendment to the Shop Trading Hours Act 1990, means councils are now allowed to decide whether shops can open in their district on Easter Sunday. Councils may decide that shops can open across the whole district or only in specific locations, but no other restrictions on trading, such as types of shops or trading hours, can be applied.

Informal Community Survey Results
Masterton District Council conducted an informal community survey in November which received 305 responses, with 51% in favour of Easter Sunday trading. Responses were strongly in favour of any change being applied consistently, with 77% saying that if Easter Sunday trading was allowed, it should be permitted across all of the Masterton district rather than restricted to specific locations.

Draft Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy

Easter Sunday Trading Submission Form


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