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Local Alcohol Policy


We’re reviewing our Local Alcohol Policy and want to know if it is meeting the needs of our community.

About our draft policy and bylaw

Our Local Alcohol Policy provides direction on the sale and supply of alcohol in our district and includes things like maximum trading hours, where new licences cannot be issued when close to things like schools, daycares, etc.

It’s an important policy that helps prevent further alcohol related harm in our district. The data that has been made available to us by key central government agencies so far, suggests our current Policy has been working well to reduce harm from alcohol in our communities.

However we need to check in with our wider community to see if that the Policy is meeting your needs too.

What we’re proposing

Proposed changes to the existing policy include:

  • The inclusion of section 47A of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 within the policy as clause 5.2.2 to clarify that RSA’s may trade from 4:00am to 1:00pm on Anzac Day if they have an existing club licence. *This is provided for in the legislation
  • The removal of the clause 6.2.2 which sets a maximum amount of special licences one applicant or a single licensee can apply for in a 12 month period.

Other changes are purely administrative and create clarity but do not alter the intent of any of the existing clauses.

You can read more about our proposals in the documents below.

Read the documents | Pānui ngā tuhinga

Our Statement of Proposal, including the adoption report, outlines our proposals in more detail (Statement of Proposal 3150680 and adoption report 3150681) and you can view the entire draft policy (3150679

How to tell us what you think | He aha ōu whakaaro, korero mai

Written feedback will be accepted from Tuesday, 19 April 2022 to 4pm Friday 20 May 2022.

Online Submission form

Talk to us

  • You could call one of your local councillors to have a chat.
  • You can also contact us to book in to speak to the Council at a hearing on Wednesday, 15 June 2022.
  • We can also draft your feedback into a written statement. Call us on 07 862 8609 or 0800 734 834 (from within the district) and ask for a member of the Strategic Planning Team.