Councils plot two-year ban on new offlicences as critics slam spike in outlets. By Paul Mitchell.
A boom in bottle shops has councils across the country looking at banning new offlicences for at least two years.
Auckland Council has plans to stop any new stores in 24 highrisk areas, including the city centre. Horowhenua District Council in the lower North Island recently adopted a two-year cap on booze shop numbers, and Hutt City Council and Whanganui District Council are working through similar policies.
In Auckland, the number of offlicences soared from 258 to 501 between 2000 and 2016. Canterbury saw a 62 per cent spike in the same period.
Alcohol Healthwatch executive director Nicki Jackson said 75 per cent of alcohol was now sold at