The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - - Matthew Dal­las

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.

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