Easter Trading Hours in NZ: the debate about these has been resurrected.
(For o'seas readings: currently, with the exception of a couple of tourist areas, retail shops may not open on Good Friday or Easter Sunday. This includes garden nurseries and hardware stores, allegedly spoiling the holiday weekend for those wishing to garden or to build things in the garden. Regularly some of these stores flout the law, headlines, TV interviews spliced in with shots of people in church.)
What is a Kiwi Christian to do about these hours?
Obviously many if not all Kiwi Christians would prefer that there be no change to these hours.
First, that guarantees that many workers - not all, of course, because nurses still nurse and caregivers still care - have complete freedom to participate in services on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. This is especially important on Good Friday when some like to worship at 10 am, some at 12 noon and some at 3 pm.
Secondly, we have a keen sense that there are very few sacrosanct days for retail workers. I think I am right in saying that if these two days go, then we are left with ANZAC Day up till 1 pm and Christmas Day as the only days when shops are both guaranteed to shut and shops actually do shut rather than flout the trading laws. Is it too much for the business community to not trade on three and a half days of the year?
Yet we have to be realistic and see that the pressure to change the laws rises bit by bit and one day will not be resisted. Should we give way now? Should we - my preferred option - compromise now so there is something of a win-win?
My suggestion is that, analogously to ANZAC Day, we propose to the gummint that Good Friday and Easter Day are sacrosanct holidays until 1 pm. [UPDATED: A commenter below observes to me what I have missed, that change to Good Friday is not being considered at this time.]
What do you think?
I am asking about trading hours, not about your views on me and my infinitely flexible pragmatism :)