Garden centres defy retail law

first_imgNZ City 25 March 2016Family First Comment: Most people seemed to be in their cars on Good Friday, not in their gardens!A garden centre operator defying Easter trading laws says it’s getting plenty of positive feedback from customers.Oderings had grown thousands of plants for its Easter sale and they were selling well at its ten garden centres on Good Friday, Julian Odering, a company director, says.Garden centres are not allowed to open on Good Friday but are allowed to open on Easter Sunday.Mr Odering said up until 1990 garden centres had an exemption but it was inadvertently done away with.Garden centre operators had been lobbying politicians ever since, and in 2000 they got the right to trade on Easter Sunday.But he said most of the prosecutions had been for trading on Good Fridays.Family First NZ said the current limits on Easter trading were good for the country and families were taking advantage of the long weekend and public holidays to travel, visit friends and family, and holiday together.A bill that allows councils to decide if shops can open on Easter Sunday passed its first reading in parliament last year after a heated debate and is being considered by a parliamentary committee.Workplace Relations Minister Michael Woodhouse has said the bill was a pragmatic solution to give local authorities and their communities the right to choose whether shops in their area should be allowed to open on Easter Sunday.The bill protected shop staff, who could not be compelled to work and did not have to provide an explanation if they refused, he said.He said current rules were complex and arbitrary. There were several historical exemptions which allowed shops in areas such as Taupo to open on Easter Sunday, while those in Rotorua could not.The bill affects Easter Sunday trading only. Good Friday, Anzac Day and Christmas Day shopping restrictions will remain.READ MORE: could be open on Easter Sunday, with conditions: Andrew LittleStuff 27 March 2016Easter Sunday – it’s quiet. But next year it could be bustling.Labour leader Andrew Little has expressed favour in allowing shops to trade on the weekend, but he had a few concerns.“I wouldn’t object to a law that allowed trading on Easter Sunday, providing the right of the worker to genuinely opt-out,” he said.The Shop Trading Amendments bill is in the select committee stage in Parliament.READ MORE: read more

Wisconsin rewrites record books

first_imgUniversity of Wisconsin men’s basketball head coach Bo Ryan entered the post-game press conference with an ice bag in hand following his team’s 92-39 annihilation of Southern (0-2, 0-0 SWAC). The coach then joked about being hurt watching a play by guard Mickey Perry, who performed a dizzying succession of moves, feigning a neck injury. The laugher on the court was punctuated by laughter in the media room.”I actually hurt myself,” Ryan said, punctuating the statement with a several ooh’s and groans. “I have never seen 18 moves on one play in my life.”In what many are hoping will be a memorable season in Wisconsin basketball, the Badgers made a little bit of history early on in the season, as the 53-point margin of victory it was the second largest ever for UW, only trailing a 55-point win over Denver Dec. 14, 1988.The beating was so sound that Southern head coach Rob Spivery questioned how much the Badgers (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten) could’ve gotten out of such a win.”It is very disappointing for us to travel the distance we traveled so far and not compete,” Spivery said. “I’m not sure if Bo and his team got anything out of this tonight, because of the competitiveness of our team.”The Badgers took over the game early, jumping out to a 32-8 lead, making 13 of their first 18 shots and burying the Jaguars before they even had chance to refill their Gatorade bottles. UW built a 50-19 halftime lead by spreading the ball around and taking advantage of Southern’s flimsy ballhandling.The Jaguars coughed up the ball 13 times in the first half alone, and Wisconsin capitalized, outscoring Southern 20-0 off turnovers in the first half alone and 37-6 for the game. The Jags ended the game with just three assists and 25 turnovers.”We had too many unforced turnovers,” Spivery said. “For some reason, we did not protect the basketball.””[Southern] was young and some of the decisions they made obviously helped us,” Ryan said, adding that he was pleased that his team managed those turnovers without getting out of their regular defense. “It wasn’t because we were doing things that we don’t normally do defensively.”The Badgers didn’t take their foot off the gas in the second half, adding 22 points onto their lead and making a run for 100 points, before slowing down in the final minutes.Three Wisconsin players — Alando Tucker, Brian Butch and Michael Flowers — scored in double figures with 16, 12 and 11 points respectively, and four more chipped in eight points.The Badger offense was cruelly efficient, shooting 62.3 percent for the game. “A lot of time shooting percentages is what kind of shots you’re settling for,” Ryan said. “I thought we were settling for very good shots. And they were going in.”For their part, the Badgers believed that they gained valuable experience in game.”Some teams, a lot of times when they get up like that they start to lose focus,” senior guard Kammron Taylor said. “Even though we were up a lot, we still tried to work on things that are going to help us down the stretch against tougher competition.””I thought we stayed true to the game,” Ryan said. “When you have a lead like that, a lot of times you get bad habits and you do things that take away from what you’ve been working on.”The win over Southern was the first of four games Wisconsin will play this week as part of the South Padre Island Invitational, which will continue in Madison Tuesday night when UW takes on Delaware State before finishing in South Padre, Texas, over Thanksgiving Break. The busy week is welcomed by players.”I’d rather play games than practice. Our practices are hard,” Tucker said, also appreciating the experience factor that goes into playing in-season tournaments. “When you can play a tournament early on, it prepares you for what can happen in March.”last_img read more