Rotorua Daily Post 4 November 2015
Rotorua MP Todd McClay has hailed the passing of the Government’s Easter Trading bill at first reading last night (Tuesday) by 75 votes to 45 against as a significant step towards Rotorua having the choice to open for business on Easter Sunday.
Mr McClay said Rotorua, as an important tourist destination, had been forced to wait far too long to be put on an equal footing with Taupo and Queenstown where shops were able to cater to tourists over this busy weekend.
Mr McClay said that National, United Future, Maori Party, Act and New Zealand First MPs all voted in favour. (Editor’s Note: Not correct. 2 Labour MP’s also voted in favour. One NZ First and one Maori party MP voted against!)
The bill, which is modelled on his previous legislation, ensures that those who do not want to work or open their shops cannot be forced to and means that councils can create bylaws.
“It is important that local people speak up and have a say on this issue. I encourage them to submit to the Parliamentary select committee,” Mr McClay said.