Rotorua eateries ignore surcharges this Waitangi Day

By Kristin Macfarlane


Anyone wanting to pop out for a meal on Waitangi Day can easily avoid surcharges on the public holiday.

Most of the cafes and restaurants spoken to by The Daily Post said they wouldn't be charging a surcharge on Waitangi Day or any other public holiday because they covered those days in their annual budgets.

Of the 28 cafes or restaurants called, only one said they would have a surcharge, two didn't want to comment, four would close for the day and the rest said they wouldn't add a surcharge.

The duty manager at Capers Epicurean, who didn't want to be named, told The Daily Post they charged a 15 per cent surcharge to cover operating costs. The duty manager also said they wouldn't open until 9am tomorrow.

Fat Dog Cafe and Bar manager Martin Kroese said they "never do a surcharge".

"The main reason is, A; because we incorporate the costs of time-and-a-half into our budgets every year," Mr Kroese said.

He also didn't think a surcharge was fair to their customers.

John Knight, who owns Triple 1 Five, said he also incorporated the costs involved with public holidays throughout the year.

"It's [a surcharge] just not necessary," he said.

Mr Knight believed it was a popular move too.

"I do know there is more and more not having them [surcharges]. That seems to be the trend."

All cafe and restaurant owners can set a surcharge on public holidays. The Commerce Commission says an employer may be entitled to impose a surcharge on any day when employees must get more than a normal day's pay.

Surcharges date back to 2003 when the Labour Government changed the Holidays Act, which raised the cost of employing people on statutory days.


Waitangi Day


Capers Epicurean - Surcharge of 15 per cent


Robert Harris Cafe - Did not want to comment


Lewishams - Closed on public holidays


Third Place Cafe - Closed on public holidays


Le Cafe de Paris - Closed


Abracadabra - Was not open for business yesterday when we called


Katsubi - No surcharge


Ciccio Italian Cafe - Did not want to comment


Triple 1 Five - No Surcharge on public holiday


Hennessy's Irish Bar - No surcharge on public holidays


Shed Bar - No surcharge on public holidays


McDonald's - No surcharge


Pizza Hutt Dine-in Restaurant - No surcharge


Lime Caffeteria - No surcharge on public holidays


Fat Dog Cafe & Bar - No surcharge on public holidays


Indian Star Tandoori Restaurant - No surcharge


Lady Janes - No surcharge


Seismic Gastrobar - No surcharge


Atlas Restaurant (Novotel) - No surcharge on public holidays


Cafe Ephesus - No charge on public holidays


Solace Cafe and Restaurant - No surcharge


Macs Steaks - No surcharge on public holidays


Pig and Whistle - No surcharge


Mecca Kebabs - No surcharge on public holidays


Zippy Central - No surcharge


Lone Star - No surcharge


Great Kiwi Ale House - Closed


Urbano Bistro - Closed

 


 

- ROTORUA DAILY POST

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