Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
License needed for work use Register

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


Temporary alcohol bans for Papanui and Merivale

25 August 2011

Temporary alcohol bans for Papanui and Merivale

Christchurch City Council today agreed to impose six-month temporary alcohol bans in Papanui and Merivale public places with effect from 8 September 2011. The temporary bans make it illegal for people to drink alcohol or carry an open container of alcoholic drink in public places in the ban areas on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 6.00 pm to 6.00 am during the six-month ban period.

The temporary bans are being put in place to help address increased violence and disorder in Papanui and Merivale because more people are drinking in suburban areas since the 22 February 2011 earthquake closed hospitality venues in the Central City. The bans are temporary, rather than permanent as the displacement of patrons from the Central City is expected to ease as the cordon is progressively reduced.

Both bans will apply from 8 September 2011 to 8 March 2012 in all public spaces controlled by the Council, and on all roads, whether Council-controlled or not. It does not apply to venues with an appropriate liquor licence or to places that are open to the public such as private car parks or sports grounds.

Signs will be displayed on local streets in Papanui and Merivale showing a map of the ban area for each suburb to ensure it is clear exactly where each ban applies.

People who breach the bans may be arrested and could be fined and held liable for court costs as well as risking a criminal conviction.

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker says that the bans are necessary to assist in ensuring local people and visitors to the area alike can feel safe from alcohol-related nuisance and crime.

“Most people drink responsibly but for those who don’t, these bans provide a compelling reason for them to drink sensibly at home, or on licensed premises where there are appropriate controls and supervision,” he says.

A temporary ban was also considered for Akaroa but the Council made the decision that it was not needed. They agreed with Council staff and some locals who advised that alcohol-related issues there are few and far between and there has been no increase in the number or seriousness of offences in Akaroa since the earthquakes.


© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Skewed Media Coverage Of Gaza

Now that he’s back as Foreign Minister, maybe Winston Peters should start reading the MFAT website which is currently celebrating the 25th anniversary of how Kiwis alerted the rest of the world to the genocide in Rwanda. How times have changed ...

In 2023, the government is clutching its pearls because senior Labour MP Damien O’Connor has dared suggest that Gaza’s civilian population - already living under apartheid and subjected to sixteen years of an illegal embargo, and now being herded together and slaughtered indiscriminately amid the destruction of their homes, schools, mosques, and hospitals - are also victims of what amounts to genocide. More

ACT: Call To Abolish Human Rights Commission

“The Human Rights Commission’s appointment of a second Chief Executive is just the latest example of a taxpayer-funded bureaucracy serving itself at the expense of delivery for New Zealanders,” says ACT MP Todd Stephenson. More

Public Housing Futures: Christmas Comes Early For Landlords

New CTU analysis of the National & ACT coalition agreement has shown the cost of returning interest deductibility to landlords is an extra $900M on top of National’s original proposal. This is because it is going to be implemented earlier and faster, including retrospective rebates from April 2023. More




InfoPages News Channels


Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.