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Easter Sunday trading approved for Kapiti Coast businesses

News from Kapiti Coast District Council
The Council today voted to allow Easter Sunday trading in the Kāpiti Coast District. The decision follows the Strategy and Policy Committee’s recommendation at its 23 November meeting that the Council should allow Easter Sunday trading.

Mayor K Gurunathan says that the decision to adopt a policy that will allow businesses on the Kāpiti Coast to trade on Easter Sunday comes after much thoughtful deliberation.

“We saw some very strong views for and against opening businesses on Easter Sunday, and we acknowledge that not all businesses will want to open on Easter Sunday and not everyone will want to shop, but for those that do they now have the choice,” said the Mayor.

The new policy is now in place and the Council encourages business operators to talk to their employees early about their plans for trading on Easter Sunday. Advice for employers and employees can be found on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website:

www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/employment-skills/legislation-reviews/easter-sunday-shop-tradingwww.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/employment-skills/legislation-reviews/easter-sunday-shop-trading

News from Kapiti Coast Chamber Of Commerce
The entire Kāpiti region will benefit economically from the decision to allow Easter Sunday trading from 2018.

Julene Hope, Co-Chair of the Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce, says the decision supports a strong local business economy, and is pleased the the Chamber has been instrumental in providing choice to local businesses.

“Giving businesses the choice to open on Easter Sunday will have economic benefits for the entire region, particularly after Porirua our closest neighbouring district chose to stay closed. It gives Kāpiti business the opportunity to provide shopping and entertainment activities for visitors and tourists to the district.

“It’s fantastic the Council has voted to allow business to open on Easter Sunday, this aligns Kapiti with the 25 other progressive District Councils around New Zealand who have already adopted a local Easter Trading Policy” says Julene Hope.

The Kapiti Chamber of Commerce said in its submission opening on Easter Sunday aligns with the Council’s Open For Business policy.

“We believe there are substantial protection measures in place to protect the rights of workers should they choose not to work on Easter Sunday; but business owners should have the choice to trade if they want to.

“The Chamber is available to help any local businesses who need advice about opening Easter Sunday 1 April 2018. Advice for employers and employees can be found on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website”.

The decision to open on Easter Sunday will align our community with 25 other progressive District Councils who have already adopted a local Easter Trading Policy.

The Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce exists to advance the economy by creating wealth and employment and solve local business issues by providing a collective voice for business in Kāpiti. Over 300 members belong to the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce to stay connected, network and gain knowledge and support from our local membership.

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