Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Govt plans will cut compliance costs for wineries

Hon Lianne Dalziel
Commerce Minister and Associate Minister of Justice

15 October 2008 Media Statement

Govt plans will cut compliance costs for wineries

The government is slashing red tape for wineries which sell wine for the cellar door or by mail order for off-site consumption by making licensing easier and manager training requirements more proportionate to the lower risks involved.

Lianne Dalziel, in her joint roles as Commerce Minister and Associate Justice Minister, and Hastings-based Labour List MP Rick Barker today announced proposals to amend the Sale of Liquor Act 1989 to enable wineries to obtain a 'perpetual licence' to sell liquor in this way, instead of having to spend time and money applying for licence renewal every three years. Winery managers responsible for supervising the sale of alcohol from the cellar door or by mail order will also be exempted from aspects of the training required for managers of bars which sell liquor for drinking on the premises.

Lianne Dalziel said these changes would cut compliance costs considerably for wineries and ensure the requirements were proportionate to the risks involved.

"Wineries that sell wine from the cellar door or by mail order present a low risk of alcohol abuse and harm. The sale of wine from these wineries is not associated with excessive consumption or the sale and supply of alcohol to under-age drinkers. Rather, wineries with an off-licence tend to sell relatively small volumes of wine to consumers who are more interested in the quality of the wine than the quantity they consume," Lianne Dalziel said.

"As a former Minister for Small Business I am very conscious of compliance costs for businesses and these changes are a direct result of the Quality Regulation Review which highlighted the small issues that cause big headaches for businesses.

"We place strict controls on the way in which businesses selling alcohol operate, for very good reasons. However, the level of regulation must be proportionate to the risk of harm and in these cases the risk is very low so they should not be treated in the same way, for example, as city bars or hotels serving people on the premises."

Making the announcement today on behalf of Lianne Dalziel at the international regional wine tasting and launch of the Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers' wine story, Our World in Your Glass, Rick Barker said that wineries form an important part of Hawke’s Bay’s economy and of New Zealand’s other winegrowing regions.

"I know they will welcome this news. The government is working to ensure that businesses do not face unnecessary costs and regulatory burdens and I am pleased to be able to support these proposals."

Lianne Dalziel says that the changes would not apply to wineries with cafes or restaurants that sold wine for drinking on the premises.

"Those wineries sell wine under an on-licence and will continue to be subject to the stringent standards demanded of businesses that sell alcohol for consumption on the premises."

Lianne Dalziel said that legislation would now be drafted to progress these changes.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Rampant Pandering To The Farming Vote

What on earth has happened to the political parties n the centre-right? Once upon a time in the US, the party of Lincoln was a respectable political party before it devolved into the cult of Trump. Here at home, the National Parry used to be able to manage and administer the economic orthodoxy in a reasonably competent fashion. Now it can barely do simple addition and subtraction. Something must have gotten into the water, and not simply out on the farm... More>>


Winston Peters Speech: The Gathering Storm Clouds: Ihumatao

Frequently around New Zealand you hear people say that politicians are all the same. It’s a convenient way to dismiss any careful investigation of the truth of that statement. New Zealand First since its inception has been committed to ‘one law ... More>>


National Agriculture Policy: Will Restore Farmer Confidence And Pride

A National Government will reduce regulatory burden and give farmers confidence for the future. Leader of the National Party Judith Collins and Agriculture spokesperson David Bennett announced National’s Agriculture policy in Gisborne today. “Agriculture ... More>>


Shaw: Wealth Tax Not A Bottom Line For Green Party But They Will Push For It

Green Party co-leader James Shaw says one of his senior MPs misspoke under pressure when she said a wealth tax was one of the party's bottom lines. More>>


Government: More Border Exceptions For Critical Roles

The Government has established class exceptions for border entry for a limited number of veterinarians, deep sea fishing crew, as well as agricultural and horticultural machinery operators. “Tight border restrictions remain the backbone of the Government’s ... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Last Night’s Leaders Debate

Do political debates change voter intentions, and cause voters to switch sides? According to a 2019 Harvard Business School study conducted across 61 elections in nine countries involving 172,000 respondents, the answer would seem to be a resounding ... More>>


Dunne Speaks: The Election Campaign Just Grinds Slowly On And On

With just over three weeks until the General Election, the release of the first major pre-election opinion poll this week confirmed what was already being reported about this year’s campaign. Although the gap between Labour and National has narrowed ... More>>

Electoral Commission: Candidate And Party Lists Released

17 registered political parties and 677 candidates will be contesting the 2020 General Election Nominations have now closed and the Electoral Commission has released the electorate and party list candidates for 2020 online at . Advance voting ... More>>

National: Plan To Restore NZ’s Prosperity

National’s Economic and Fiscal Plan carefully balances the need to invest in infrastructure and core public services while also reducing tax pressure on Kiwi families and businesses. National Leader Judith Collins and Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith unveiled National’s ... More>>


NZ First: Party List

New Zealand First has a proven twenty-seven-year history of bringing balance and common sense to our government. Amid the continued setbacks of COVID-19 restrictions, New Zealand First has once again sustained its profile by selecting a strong team ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels