Don’t forget to have your say on Easter Trading

Time is running out for people to have their say on Easter Trading in the Waikato district.

Waikato District Council is proposing to adopt an Easter Trading Policy which will allow shops within the Waikato district to open on Easter Sunday. A recent change in legislation means that it is now up to individual councils to decide if they introduce a local policy for shop trading on Easter Sunday. At the moment shops can’t open on Easter Sunday unless they meet certain criteria. The submission period, which opened on December 14, will close at 5pm Friday February 17.

“It’s important that people have their say by February 17, even if they agree with the proposal or if they previously told us their thoughts during our first consultation in October,” says Tony Whittaker, general manager strategy and support.

To tell us what you think, please fill in the short online submission form at

For more information, including the draft policy and Statement of Proposal, please visit The Statement of Proposal includes information about shops that can open now, what shops would be able to open if the draft policy was adopted and what happens next.           WDC