Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has defended his council’s Easter trading rules, described as archaic by the retail industry, RNZ reports. Under the law, councils are given the power to decide whether retail trading is allowed during Easter weekend. Retail New Zealand chief executive Greg Harford has expressed concerns on why retailers were not allowed to open in Auckland’s CBD, while swimming pools, leisure centres, landfills and recycling shops were open that day. However, Goff said Harford’s concerns had never been formally raised since the council imposed the rules.