Opening its gardening shops around the country on Good Friday has cost Oderings Nurseries $11,328 - the maximum penalty.
Christchurch District Court Judge Raoul Neave said: "I see no reason not to impose the maximum. This was a cynical piece of offending, blatant in its intent to disregard and defy the law."
Oderings again stayed away from the hearing, leaving the Department of Labour to put in sworn affidavits as evidence for formal proof.
It took only about two minutes for the judge to accept the case against the Christchurch-based garden centre chain for opening 10 stores on Good Friday, April 6.
The company was 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 maximum fine on each of the 10 charges was $1000 and Judge Neave also imposed court costs of $132.89 on each charge.
The company has been convicted of similar offending most years.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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