Cock­tail of liquor law changes mooted

AMONG THE CHANGES

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JESS ETHERIDGE

Auck­land’s rules on liquor are be­ing put un­der the mi­cro­scope.

The draft Lo­cal Al­co­hol Pol­icy has been re­leased by Auck­land Coun­cil and is open for feed­back un­til July 16. It pro­poses Auck­land be split into three ar­eas – broad ar­eas A and B, and a ‘‘pri­or­ity over­lay’’ for ar­eas with high in­ci­dences of al­co­hol­re­lated harm.

Avon­dale and One­hunga have been flagged as pri­or­ity over­lay ar­eas which suf­fer from high al­co­hol-re­lated harm. Nearly 4000 liquor li­cences op­er­ate across Auck­land, in­clud­ing about 2500 on­li­cences and more than 1000 off-li­cences. The pro­posed changes in­clude:

Auck­land Coun­cil would gain greater con­trol over is­su­ing li­cences

Coun­cil­lor Ge­orge Wood says Auck­land has to prove it is not re­liant on al­co­hol to have vi­brant nightlife.

Wood, a for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer, says the cen­tral city

It would be harder to es­tab­lish a new li­cence – both off-li­cences and higher risk on-li­cences – in broad area A and pri­or­ity lo­ca­tions

Broad area B would have stricter rules for neigh­bour­hood cen­tres

Ini­tia­tives would be rolled district is rife with al­co­hol­re­lated harm.

Bet­ter pub­lic trans­port is needed to shut­tle ‘‘prob­lem people’’ out of the CBD be­fore as­saults oc­cur, he out to move premises to larger cen­tres

Club li­cences would be ex­tended be­tween 9am and 1am says. But the $150,000 needed to sub­sidise latenight buses is ‘‘a budget item we don’t have’’.

Bet­ter age iden­ti­fi­ca­tion meth­ods are needed to stop clubs from be­ing caught out by un­der­age drinkers, Wood says.

He says the al­co­hol pol­icy will aid neigh­bour­hoods se­verely im­pacted by bot­tle stores.

Un­der the pro­posal, trad­ing hours would be cut back for all three ar­eas.

Max­i­mum on-li­cence trad­ing hours of 9am to 3am are pro­posed for Avon­dale.

The same rules would ap­ply to broad area A, which cov­ers the rest of the CBD, Pon­sonby and New­ton.

Some on-li­cences in broad area A which have a good track record and high stan­dards may be el­i­gi­ble for a two-hour ex­ten­sion.

But oper­a­tors in Avon­dale would not be given an ex­ten­sion.

The rest is lumped area B.

Strict on-li­cence trad­ing hours of 9am to 1am for the area are up for dis­cus­sion.

Off-li­cence liquor re­tail­ers across Auck­land, such as bot­tle shops and su­per­mar­kets, would only be al­lowed to sell be­tween 9am and 10pm.

New off-li­cences in neigh­bour­hood ar­eas would be sub­ject to re­view. of Auck­land into broad

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