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 In 2014, Family First asked politicians, will you SUPPORT or OPPOSE the liberalization of shop trading hours during Easter? Of the centre right parties only the Conservative Party would oppose liberalisation. (more)
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Family First NZ is opposing the proposal by the government to liberalise Easter trading laws to allow Easter Sunday trading.We also question how long before Good Friday, Christmas and Anzac days are also liberalised.(more)
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 It is also concerning that National are refusing to allow a conscience vote on an issue which has always been very contentious and that individual politicians from all parties have held wide-ranging views.(more)
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 We reject any liberalisation of Easter trading laws because workers deserve this special annual break to spend time with their families. The government doesn’t seem to understand that a focus on economic improvement should never come at the cost of weakening the quality and special time that families can spend together. Anzac Day, Easter, and Christmas remain as one of the few times when the whole country stops and takes a break.(more)
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Public holidays are traditions. They create rituals for families, not based on shopping but on celebrating together, reconnecting, and making memories. Poll after poll has shown that both parents and children want to spend more time doing family things like picnics and holidays together. However, this is becoming increasingly difficult as the retail industry is required to work almost every day of the year, and shoppers focus on the holiday specials.To argue that it is justified because shoppers are able to shop online is a flawed argument. If it was a valid argument, retailers in NZ would have to be open 24/7.(more)
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 This is also not an issue about choice as has been argued. For many workers, they don’t have the luxury of choice as to whether they work or not, even if it is suggested that they can refuse. Coercion will be strong.(more)
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 Tourists will cope. Many countries have public holidays with shops closed, and tourists simply plan around it, accepting it as part of the local culture and identity. New Zealanders love visiting Pacific Island nations and still manage to enjoy themselves even when everything shuts down on a Sunday.(more)
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 Towns do have every right to feel peeved that neighbouring towns can stay open when they can’t. The law needs to be consistent and enforced(more)

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COMMENTARY ON EASTER TRADING

Source: Family First

Family First NZ is opposing the proposal by the government to liberalise Easter trading laws to allow Easter Sunday trading. We also question how long before Good Friday, Christmas and Anzac days are also liberalised.

easter egg barcodeIt is also concerning that National are refusing to allow a conscience vote on an issue which has always been very contentious and that individual politicians from all parties have held wide-ranging views.

We reject any liberalisation of Easter trading laws because workers deserve this special annual break to spend time with their families. The government doesn’t seem to understand that a focus on economic improvement should never come at the cost of weakening the quality and special time that families can spend together. Anzac Day, Easter, and Christmas remain as one of the few times when the whole country stops and takes a break.

Public holidays are traditions. They create rituals for families, not based on shopping but on celebrating together, reconnecting, and making memories. Poll after poll has shown that both parents and children want to spend more time doing family things like picnics and holidays together. However, this is becoming increasingly difficult as the retail industry is required to work almost every day of the year, and shoppers focus on the holiday specials.

To argue that it is justified because shoppers are able to shop online is a flawed argument. If it was a valid argument, retailers in NZ would have to be open 24/7,

This is also not an issue about choice as has been argued. For many workers, they don’t have the luxury of choice as to whether they work or not, even if it is suggested that they can refuse. Coercion will be strong.

easter shop closed 2Tourists will cope. Many countries have public holidays with shops closed, and tourists simply plan around it, accepting it as part of the local culture and identity. New Zealanders love visiting Pacific Island nations and still manage to enjoy themselves even when everything shuts down on a Sunday.

Towns do have every right to feel peeved that neighbouring towns can stay open when they can’t. The law needs to be consistent and enforced.

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Note: Policies subject to change. Please check the Policy Links for the latest Policy if available. These are the voting positions of party leaders for the 2014 General Election as reported to Family First who asked the questions below. Please refer to the linked website ‘Value Your Vote 2014‘ for more information and updates.

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Questions asked for the 2014 election

Liberalise Easter trading laws

Will you SUPPORT or OPPOSE the liberalization of shop trading hours during Easter?

GREEN answers support the Conservative position.

actlogo Jamie Whyte SUPPORTS
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unitedfuturelogo Peter Dunne SUPPORTS
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nationalpartylogo John Key SUPPORTS
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cropped-cp-logo11.jpg Colin Craig OPPOSES
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