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Local council Easter Sunday shop trading policies

From August 2016, territorial authorities can put in place local policies that allow shops within their area, or parts of it, to trade on Easter Sunday.

From August 2016, territorial authorities (city and district councils) can put in place local policies that allow shops within their area, or parts of it, to trade on Easter Sunday. Once a local council has created a local policy, they must notify the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment at contract.account@mbie.govt.nz.

The following territorial authorities have policies in place:

  • The territorial authorities within this region do not have policies in place.
  • The territorial authorities within this region do not have policies in place.
  • The territorial authorities within this region do not have policies in place.
  • The territorial authorities within this region do not have policies in place.

To see boundary maps for all regional, district and city councils in New Zealand, visit the New Zealand Local Government (external link) website.

All shop employees have the right to refuse work on Easter Sunday without giving a reason to their employer. Learn about the special responsibilities that employers and employees have to follow if an employer wants a shop employee to work on Easter Sunday.

A shop opening for business on Easter Sunday in an area where there is no local policy in place (and no exemption from shop trading restrictions or ability to open with conditions) will be in breach of shop trading restrictions even if they have followed the correct process for notifying employees that they have the right to refuse to work.

Visit the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website (external link) for background information about the August 2016 changes to Easter Sunday shop trading.

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