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
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
• 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.
Sunday Shop Trading Policy
Trading Submission Form