Most Wanaka shops traded over Easter in breach of the Shop
Trading Hours Repeal Act 1990, but no-one has complained.
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The only Otago complaints received by the Ministry of
Business, Innovation and Employment were one in Alexandra and
one in Queenstown.
In response to Otago Daily Times inquiries, ministry
communications adviser Philippa Norman said nationally, 18
complaints were received by 1pm yesterday.
The ministry could investigate possible breaches of the law
and bring a prosecution through the District Court, Ms Norman
The maximum fine for a breach of the law is $1000.
However, as none of the 18 had previously been warned or
prosecuted, none would be prosecuted.
Last year, 46 complaints were received by the ministry and
two businesses were prosecuted. One was fined $1000 and the
Ms Norman said the ministry had 41 inspectors nationwide,
whose primary responsibilities involved investigating
breaches of minimum employment rights, such as failing to pay
minimum wages and issues such as migrant exploitation.