Story: Spending in the economy

Restricting spending

In the 1990s and 2000s most shops were required to close for three and a half days each year, and this restriction on spending provoked a variety of responses. This Bunnings hardware warehouse was open on Easter Sunday in 2009. While some people argued that it should be able to open, others were worried that those working there would lose their right to a holiday. For many shop owners, the law was breached without great concern. The fine of $1,000 was insignificant compared with the money spent by customers. In 2016 the Government gave territorial authorities the ability to decide whether shops in their districts could open on Easter Sunday. 

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Paul Dalziel, 'Spending in the economy - Economic reform from 1984', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 August 2022)

Story by Paul Dalziel, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 16 Sep 2016