Judge suggests Easter trading block

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 11:55 08/11/2012

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A judge has suggested the Labour Department get a High Court injunction to stop garden centres and other businesses opening illegally on Good Friday.

Judge Gary MacAskill made his comments as Christchurch-based garden centre chain Oderings faced 10 charges arising from Good Friday this year, April 6.

The company is charged with having five of its centres in Christchurch open, as well as centres in Havelock North, Napier, Upper Hutt, Hamilton, and Palmerston North.

The department's prosecutor, Joseph Lill, said he did not anticipate that Oderings would appear at the Christchurch District Court session at Nga Hau e Wha marae today.

He asked for the case to be adjourned to December 20 for a formal proof hearing, when the department can call evidence to prove its case even if Oderings is not present.

Judge Gary MacAskill granted the remand, but he said: "I repeat a comment I made a few years ago that if the Department of Labour was serious about stopping the nurseries and other similar businesses from opening on these days, they should go to the High Court and ask for an injunction to restrain them from doing so.

"But they don't, and I wonder why," he said.

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