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Auckland councillor hoping NZ follows with Easter Sunday trading law

25 August 2017

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

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An Auckland Councillor is hoping the rest of country follows Auckland's lead in not allowing more shops to open on Easter Sunday.

All but one councillor voted against the decision yesterday, 20 to 1.

Councillor Fa'anana Efeso Collins says the rest of New Zealand should follow suit.

"Auckland, which is the economic power house of New Zealand, has given a clear indication that we don't think it's a good thing," he says. "My encouragement to the rest of New Zealand and other councils is to follow because we know that we're standing with workers." 

Fa'anana says results from the public consultation supported the status quo and he's happy with their decision.

"I think it's good because it supports vulnerable workers and our Pacific families," he says. "It gives us the chance to have the day off and for those of us who are Christian, we're able to go to church and enjoy it as a family."

Last month, Hamilton City Council decided not to allow trading on Easter Sunday. City councilors voted 8 to 3.