A nationwide garden centre chain has been charged with
breaching trading laws by opening for business on Good
No one appeared for Oderings when the case called at
Christchurch District Court today.
But a judge said the Government's labour service should take
stronger legal steps to stop businesses from flagrantly
flouting public holiday trading bans.
Judge Gary Macaskill said: "I noted some time ago that if the
Department of Labour was serious about nurseries and other
similar business opening on these days, then they should go
to the High Court and ask for an injunction to stop them from
doing so. But they don't, and one wonders why."
Oderings, whose head office is in Christchurch, faces 10
charges, brought by the then Department of Labour, that it
opened five stores in Christchurch, as well as in Havelock
North, Napier, Upper Hutt, Hamilton, and Palmerston North on
April 6, Good Friday this year.
The case was today adjourned until December 20 for a formal
The Christchurch-based garden centre has opened on Good
Friday every year since 1970 and say it's a crucial retail
day for the company.
They claim that the maximum $1000 fine is worth the risk.