FROM THE EDITOR
When I was a student living in Wellington, flatting with mates working their first jobs post-uni, going out on the town was always a dilemma.
While they were enjoying a fortnightly pay packet, I was getting by with the few dollars my student loan and allowance afforded me.
They’d be keen to hit the pubs, where I could risk blowing my week’s budget on just a couple of drinks, whereas I always campaigned for a trip the bottle store and to kick things off at home. For the price of two beers at a bar, I could get a dozen at the liquor store. It was a no-brainer, and this was back when you could still buy a pint for $5.
I feel for students and the equation they face these days, when a $9 beer is not beyond the realms. ‘Pre-loading’ is not only a preference but a necessity. It’s difficult to see the 2am curfew being imposed by a dozen city bars making a dent in this habit. The inequity between on-licence and off-licence holders is too vast.