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

 


Have your say on the sale of alcohol

Media Release
16 June 2014

Have your say on the sale of alcohol

Aucklanders are invited to have their say on when, where and how alcohol is sold.

You can make written submissions on the draft Auckland Council Local Alcohol Policy until 16 July 2014.

Cr George Wood, Chair of the Regional Strategy and Policy Committee, says the draft policy has been more than 18 months in development, and has been informed by extensive research and discussion with stakeholders.

“The council wants to ensure that we balance the need to minimise alcohol-related harm with the desire to have a vibrant, exciting, yet safe Auckland for residents and visitors to enjoys.

“We have engaged closely with the hospitality and retail trades, the Police, the Medical Officer of Health, licensing inspectors and health agencies, to ensure the provisions will be effective in reducing alcohol-related harm and practical to implement.”

During the consultation period the council will have information stands at locations around Auckland where people can stop by and ask questions.

Hearings will be scheduled and a provisional policy adopted by the council’s Governing Body. Submitters on the draft policy will have the option of appealing the provisional policy.

A summary of the key proposals in the draft policy follows:

• The identification of three areas where different rules apply – Broad Area A - Auckland’s city centre and the main streets of Newton and Ponsonby, Broad Area B - the rest of Auckland, and Priority Overlay -specifically identified streets and centres across the region where there are greater levels of alcohol-related harm

• A 24-month freeze on issuing new off licences (eg supermarkets and bottle stores) in Broad Area A and the Priority Overlay where there is already a saturation point of off-licences

• No new off-licences in small neighbourhood centres unless the District Licensing Committee can be satisfied that the licence will be of benefit to the community and would not create alcohol-related harm

• This will be tested through a new environmental and cumulative impact assessment tool and will also apply across Broad Area A and Prioirty Overlay after the 24 month freeze

• Implementing maximum trading hours of 9am to 10pm region-wide, for all types of off-licences. This is a reduction from the national default hours of 7am to 11pm

• Managing the location and density of higher-risk on-licences (eg bars and taverns ) through a new environmental and cumulative impact assessment tool. This will evaluate the likely impact of new licences on local communities, including criteria such as existing licences and nearby schools.

• Restricting on-licence trading hours overall from the current default of 8am to 4am across the region, as follows:

o Broad Area A: standard maximum hours of 9am to 3am.Broad Area B: standard maximum hours of9am to 1am

o An option for best-practice operators to apply for trial extensions of up to two hours, preferred in large centres and refused in residential areas.

o Priority Overlay: same hours as the underlying broad area, but ineligible for trial extensions.

The draft policy has been developed under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2013, which is intended to empower local councils, in consultation with their local communities, to have greater influence over decisions about local licencing conditions.

“We believe this is a great starting place for the community to tell us what they think and whether we have the balance right,” says Cr Wood.

To make a submission and to read the Statement of Proposal (containing the draft policy), shapeauckland.co.nz.

Ends

Editor’s notes

Attached is an information pack you may find helpful.
Draft_Auckland_Council_Local_Alcohol_Policy_Media_Information_Pack.pdf

The council will have an information stall at the following events. Please check our website shapeauckland.co.nz for updates as some venues are weather dependent.
EVENT/VENUE TIME
Ōtara flea market Morning of Sat 21 Jun
Manurewa flea market Morning of Sun 22 June
Manukau Institute of Technology Midday Wed 25 Jun
Māngere flea market Morning of Sat 28 June
Avondale flea market Morning of Sun 29 June
Papakura Recreation Centre Evening of Tue 1 July
The Community Cafe, Otahuhu Evening of Wed 2 July
Onehunga Night Market Evening of Thu 3 July
Papatoetoe Night Market Evening of Fri 4 July


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Patience: Drive Safe

Be patient before passing is the AA's message for drivers this Labour weekend.

"People taking crazy risks to get past other vehicles is one of the most dangerous things on the road,” says AA spokesperson Dylan Thomsen.

“The weather is looking good for the long weekend so the roads will be busy. Unfortunately, that also increases the chances of people getting frustrated and trying a risky passing manoeuvre. When they get past, there will probably be more traffic up ahead anyway so it won’t get people there faster.” More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news