Local Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy


1.0    Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to enable shops within the Timaru District to trade on Easter Sunday if they choose to. This policy neither requires shops to open, or individuals to shop on Easter Sunday.

2.0    Background

The Shop Trading Hours Amendment Act 2016 made provision for territorial authorities to adopt a local policy to permit shops in the whole or any part(s) of their district to trade on Easter Sunday.

Any such policy is made under the Shop Trading Hours Act 1990 Part 2 (Subpart 1).

3.0    Key Definitions

Shop - means a building, place, or part of a building or place, where goods are kept, sold, or offered for sale, by retail; and includes an auction mart, and a barrow, stall, or other subdivision of a market; but does not include:- (a) a private home where the owner or occupier’s effects are being sold (by auction or otherwise); or (b) a building or place where the only business carried on is that of selling by auction agricultural products, pastoral products, and livestock, or any of them; or (c) a building or place where the only business carried on is that of selling goods to people who are dealers, and buy the goods to sell them again. (as per Shop Trading Hours Act 1990 Section 2).

Act - means the Shop Trading Hours Act 1990.

4.0    Policy

4.1 Shop trading is permitted on Easter Sundays throughout the Timaru District.

4.2 As provided in the Act, all shop employees have the right to refuse to work on Easter Sunday.

4.3 Council is not responsible for the enforcement of this policy.  Enforcement is undertaken by the central government department responsible for the administration of the Act.

4.4 This Policy does not apply to the sale or supply of alcohol, which is regulated under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.

4.5 This Policy will be reviewed no later than 5 years after the date of adoption, as required by the Act.

5.0    Map of Timaru District where Shop Trading on Easter Sunday is Permitted

Adopted Council 14 November 2017

Last updated: 24 Feb 2021