The public have the chance to have their say on whether shops should be open or closed on Easter Sunday in Auckland.
The Shop Trading Hours Amendment Act 2016 allows councils to create a policy on trading for Easter Sunday.
Councillor Fa'anana Efeso Collins says the change would be unfair for the majority of Pacific peoples who are Christians and are from low socio-economic jobs.
"There's far too many of our people who are going to struggle as a result," he says. "Easter Sunday is the day where we should be celebrating the resurrection of our Lord."
Auckland councillor Fa'anana Efeso Collins. Photo/ PRN.
Collins has slammed central government for passing on the decision for councils to make.
"This is failure by the government because they aren't prepared to declare Easter Sunday as a national public holiday," he says. "They're wimping out of a national issue."
He says he's unsure of where Auckland Council stands on the issue, but is urging the public to exercise their democratic rights.
Submissions close this Sunday and Auckland Council will make a decision in August.
Wellington and Christchurch councils have yet to make a formal announcement on the matter.