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Opening your business over the Easter or ANZAC holidays

If your business is opening over the Easter and ANZAC holidays, you should be aware of the rules around employer obligations to their employees, and the ability of shops to trade.

Easter and Anzac dates for 2022

These public holidays fall on these dates:

  • Good Friday – 15 April 2022
  • Easter Monday – 18 April 2022
  • Anzac Day – Monday 25 April 2022

Employee's rights

Employees don't have to agree to work on Good Friday, Easter Monday or Anzac Day, unless:

  • these are days that the employee would have normally worked
  • their employment contract says they have to work on the public holidays.

Public holidays and the rights of employees

Types of employee

Holidays falling on Fridays or Mondays

If an employee would normally work on Fridays and/or Mondays and works on Good Friday 15 April and/or Easter Monday 17 April/Anzac Day Monday 25 April, they must also be given a paid day off ('alternative holiday') for each of the days worked.

However, if the employee does not work on Good Friday and/or Easter Monday/Anzac Day, they still have to be paid for the holidays.

Shop employees have the right to refuse to work on Easter Sunday (not a public holiday). This acknowledges that Easter Sunday is a day of special significance across New Zealand. Shops include retail stores, plus cafes, bars and restaurants that sell goods including food.

Businesses opening during Easter and ANZAC holidays

Shops cannot open on Good Friday, Easter Sunday or ANZAC Day (25 April) until 1pm. However, there are some exceptions:

  • Certain shops including dairies, service stations, takeaway bars, restaurants, cafes and souvenir stores can open with conditions limiting the goods they can sell, according to the type of store they are. Garden centres can only open on Easter Sunday. Pharmacies can open with no restrictions.
  • Some shops have an area exemption, for example, tourist resorts.
  • Some shops are covered by a city and district council Easter Sunday trading policy.
  • These rules only apply to businesses that are shops as covered by the Shop Trading Hours Act 1990. Other businesses can open during the Easter and ANZAC holidays.

Local council Easter Sunday shop trading policies

Council contact list (external link) – localcouncils.govt.nz

Restricted shop trading days

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