Parliament has again rejected legislation to allow Easter trading.
National MP for Waitaki Jacqui Dean's bill allowing shops to open over Easter in Waitaki and Wanaka, was voted down by 49 votes to 70 last night.
Votes on Easter are made by conscience vote.
The Shop Trading Hours Act Repeal (Waitaki Easter Trading) Amendment Bill would have allowed all retailers within districts covered by the Waitaki electorate to trade on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
Labour party spokesperson for industrial relations Darien Fenton said the Easter trading legislation had been before Parliament 11 times.
Parliament progressed through four bills last night allowing for four member's bills to be drawn from the ballot today.