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New Rules for the Sale and Supply of Alcohol

7 August 2013

New Rules for the Sale and Supply of Alcohol

New rules around the sale of alcohol will mean some major changes for anyone involved in selling or supplying liquor.

In preparation for the change over to the new Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 that comes into force from 18 December Ruapehu District Council (RDC) has organised Liquor Liaison Group meetings in Taumarunui and Ohakune.

RDC Senior Environmental Health Officer, Mohammed Ishrar, said he strongly recommended for anyone involved in the sale or management of alcohol in the Ruapehu District to attend one of the meetings.

“Licensees, managers, business owners, employees, or any other persons involved with liquor should come to the meeting,” he said.

“With the Sale of Liquor Act 1989 being superseded by the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (the Act) there are a number of things that will impact on hospitality businesses selling liquor.”

“From 18 December the current District Licencing Agency will be replaced by a District Licencing Committee which will make all liquor licencing decisions within the district.”

Mr Ishrar noted that the implementation of the new Act will bring about a raft of changes some of which are already taking effect.

“As well as providing information on the current transition period and the new Act there will be a presentation on the Local Alcohol Policy review that will be in its public consultation phase,” he said.

“The Liquor Liaison Group meetings also provide a great opportunity to keep in touch with all key stakeholders such as the Police, Fire, Health, and District Licensing Agency and to network with other businesses and people involved with the Ruapehu hospitality industry.”

“As well getting the latest information on the transition phase and how the new Act will work attendees can ask questions of the agencies and discuss any issues or concerns they may have.”

Mr Ishrar said that both Liquor Liaison Group meetings will be held in the Council chambers in Ohakune and Taumarunui from 10.00am to 12.00 midday.

“The Taumarunui meeting is on Monday 26 August and the Ohakune meeting on Tuesday 27 August,” he said.

“For more information prior to the meetings please call Tracy Gibson via your local council office.”

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