Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Public to have a say on proposed alcohol changes

NEWS RELEASE

2 July 2013

Public to have a say on proposed alcohol changes in Wellington City

Starting today (Tuesday 2 July), Wellington City Council is asking the public for their views on proposed alcohol changes in the Capital.

The Council is consulting on its draft Local Alcohol Policy, which would give communities greater control over when, where and how alcohol is sold, and a draft Alcohol Management Strategy to deal with the wider issues relating to alcohol use in the city.

Under the Government’s Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, councils can develop local alcohol policies that focus on the availability of alcohol. The Council’s draft strategy takes a wider view – how Wellington can have a dynamic, safe central city with vibrant suburban centres, and how the community as a whole can help to reduce harm.

Proposed changes under the policy include establishing an entertainment precinct in the inner city (Courtenay Place through to Cuba Street), different trading hours for on-licence premises (bars, clubs and restaurants) in different parts of the city, and restrictions on the hours of sale from off-licences such as supermarkets and bottle stores.

Councillor Stephanie Cook, the Council’s Social Portfolio Leader, says alcohol has an important role in the life of our city but we need to balance the vitality with safety and reducing alcohol-related harm.

“Alcohol is no ordinary commodity and it’s important that we ask Wellingtonians to have a say in how we can reduce the harm caused by it. Under our draft policy, Wellington would have the most liberal opening hours in New Zealand for on-licence premises.”

The Council is proposing maximum trading hours for inner city bars. These would be 7am–5am licences for ‘best practice operators’ in the entertainment precinct and 7am–3am licences for best practice operators in the rest of the CBD.

For all other bars, the standard hours of trade would be 7am–2am in the CBD and 7am–3am in the entertainment precinct. Most premises outside the entertainment precinct area already have to close by 3am. Suburban bars would operate 7am–12 midnight.

Also proposed is a curb on trading hours for off-licences throughout Wellington City, including supermarkets, bottle stores and dairies, which could only sell alcohol from 7am–9pm.

Cr Cook says the Council’s role is to provide leadership while also supporting good business in the hospitality sector.

“These proposals are backed up by sound research, with the support of Police, community leaders and medical experts. Through this process of public consultation we’re committed to maintaining Wellington as a vibrant, safe and hospitable city.”

Wellingtonians have until 5pm, Friday 2 August to have their say.

A summary document, and the draft policy and strategy, are available on www.Wellington.govt.nz

Copies can be picked up from libraries, and our service centre at 101 Wakefield Street, otherwise phone 499 4444.
ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Wage Hike For MPs (and Paul Robeson)

Hard to tell what is more infuriating. Is it the 5.3% increase on the already bloated salaries of MPs, or their pantomime of outrage at being gifted with such a wonderful back-dated bonanza?

As usual, Prime Minister John Key has busily tried to distance himself from the political fallout, even though he happens to be the main beneficiary of the Remuneration Authority’s generosity. Finance Minister Bill English says with a straight face that it would actually be very hard to give the money back...

Even if it were true, it would actually be very easy for English and any other guilty colleagues, to give the extra money away. There are any number of food banks or homeless shelters who would be able to put the money to good use. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

No Designers Or Visual Artists: Flag Panel Members Announced

The Government has appointed 12 New Zealanders as members of the Flag Consideration Panel which will engage with the public about a possible new New Zealand flag, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says. More>>

ALSO:

Labour MP Stands Down From Portfolio: Comment From Carmel Sepuloni

The first I knew of my mother’s charges was when I was called by a reporter yesterday. I spoke to Andrew and we agreed there is a conflict of interest at the present time which means I will temporarily stand aside from the Social Development portfolio. It’s the right thing to do… . More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Whether NZ Troops Are The Least Of Islamic State’s Problems

Given that it has been politically packaged and sold as a training mission, the Iraq deployment announced yesterday by Prime Minister John Key seemed to be mysteriously short of actual trainers... The other wing of the argument is whether a troop deployment is (a) the only effective way and (b) the appropriate time to combat Islamic State. More>>

ALSO:

143 Troops, Possible SAS Deployment, Legalities Unsorted: PM’s Statement On ISIL

Mr Speaker, today I am announcing to the House the Government’s decisions about our contribution to the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL... More>>

ALSO:

Liu Saga: PM's Dinner With Controversial Donor

John Key must front up to New Zealand and say what he discussed with Donghua Liu when the disgraced businessman paid $25,000 for the Prime Minister to come to dinner at his Remuera home, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Roads: National MP 'Concerned' At Overseas Driver Crashes

Waitaki MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary for Tourism Jacqui Dean said she was concerned at the number of fatal crashes involving overseas licence holders and she really felt that the time had come for more to be done. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: Parole Bill Passes

A bill reducing parole hearings deemed to be unnecessary has passed. The third reading of the Parole Amendment Bill was completed by 104 to 16 with the Greens and Maori Party opposed. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news