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Council passes liquor ban bylaw

Council passes liquor ban bylaw

Liquor will be banned from Piha beach, at night during public holidays, under the new Control of Liquor in Public Places Bylaw 2003 passed by the Waitakere City Council last night.

The new bylaw was enacted under the Local Government Act 2002, which gives the Council the power to make bylaws to control where liquor can be taken to and consumed in the city.

In the same way as previous liquor bans under the Local Government Act 1974, the new bylaw permits the Council to impose special event liquor bans by publicly notified Council resolution, and also provides for a liquor ban at Piha Beach, from 5pm to 5am, on the following days:

Christmas/New Year: 20-24 December – second Sunday in January Auckland Anniversary Weekend: Friday - Monday Waitangi Day Holiday: 5-6 February (including any long weekend) Easter Period: Thursday - Tuesday Anzac Day Holiday: 24-25 April (including any long weekend) Queen’s Birthday Weekend: Friday - Monday Labour Weekend: Friday - Monday Guy Fawkes: 5 November (including an attached weekend)

During the ban, liquor is prohibited at Piha beach, foreshore and adjacent carparks and roads.

The liquor ban area stretches from the northern to southern-most ends of Piha beach and foreshore and also includes North Piha Rd and Marine Parade North and South. It extends from Lion Rock in the west to the Piha Domain and the adjacent part of Seaview Rd in the east.

In the words of the bylaw, nobody may “bring, possess or consume liquor in any public place” in the liquor ban areas, so just having it – even in an unopened container - may be an offence. The bylaw confers upon Police the rights of search and seizure described in sections 169 and 170 of the Local Government Act 2002.

A map of the liquor ban area is attached to the bylaw and can be viewed at the Civic Centre (6 Waipareira Ave, Henderson) or on the Council’s website www.waitakere.govt.nz

Formal public notice of this ban will be given in the NZ Herald and by on-location signage. For further information, phone the Council’s 24-hour Call Centre on 839 0400.

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