Dunedin’s draft local alcohol policy (Lap) —submissions, real story outs

District licensing commissioner received direct reports of enticements to survey submitters.

### ODT Online Tue, 11 Nov 2014
Dunedin bars ‘offered punters cheap drinks to fill in surveys’
By Debbie Porteous
Dunedin bars offered punters cheap drinks to fill in surveys in support of licensees position against a draft liquor licensing policy for the city, Dunedin district licensing commissioner Colin Weatherall says. Mr Weatherall kicked off the first day of Lap hearings in Dunedin with the bombshell accusation.
Read more

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8.11.14 Alcohol policy: Plenty to pore over
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6.11.14 Alcohol policy piques

Dunedin City council – Media Release
Draft Local Alcohol Policy Hearings Underway

This item was published on 11 Nov 2014

Residents’ views on the sale, supply and consumption of alcohol in the community will be aired at hearings underway in Dunedin. Today is the first of seven days of public hearings on the Dunedin City Council’s draft Local Alcohol Policy, with the last day being Thursday, 4 December. About 280 people are scheduled to speak at the hearings. Two days have been set aside later in December for the Hearings Committee’s deliberations.

The Dunedin City Council’s draft Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) attracted 4262 submissions. Of these, 79% (3,382 submissions) were submitted on forms developed by Hospitality NZ and the Dunedin Inner City Licensing Forum, a group of inner city licensed premises. Of the remainder, 19% (789) were made by individuals and 2% (91) of submissions came from organisations and businesses representing the hospitality, retail, health, tertiary and social sectors, as well as the Police.
DCC Draft Lap (detail)

The draft LAP suggests a range of changes to current practices, including rules about how close new premises may be to places such as schools and early childhood centres, a one-way door policy from 1am, licensing footpath space outside licensed premises until 11pm and banning the serving of shots from midnight. Some of these proposed changes have been opposed by a range of submitters.

DCC General Manager Services and Development Simon Pickford says, “The purpose of the draft was to get a conversation going with the community and we’re really pleased that has happened. It’s important that all sectors of our community, from businesses to individuals, tell us their views as we work to establish what is acceptable to Dunedin residents in terms of the sale, supply and consumption of alcohol.”

Under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, the draft LAP must take into account issues such as the number of licences of each kind held for premises in its district, and the location and opening hours of each of the premises, the demography of residents and of tourists or holidaymakers who visit the district, the overall health indicators of the district’s residents and the nature and severity of the alcohol-related problems arising in the district.

Mr Pickford says, under the Act, the Hearings Committee is not able to take into account matters such as the economic impact of the suggested changes on businesses.

The membership of the Draft Local Alcohol Policy Hearings Committee is Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull (Chairperson) and Councillors Aaron Hawkins, Mike Lord, Jinty MacTavish, Neville Peat, Andrew Whiley and Lee Vandervis.

Mr Pickford says the Committee will make recommendations to the full Council which will make the final decision on the LAP.
For more details or to view the draft LAP submissions, visit http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/lapsubs.

Contact General Manager Services and Development on 03 477 4000.
DCC Link

Dunedin City Council
Draft Local Alcohol Policy —Consultation Hearing details

Submissions closed: 10/10/2014
Hearing: 11, 12, 13, 19 Nov and 2, 3, 4 Dec 2014
Contact person: Kevin Mechen

The purpose of a Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) is to ensure that the sale, supply and consumption of alcohol occurs in a safe and responsible way and that any adverse effects are minimised. The intention is to create an enabling policy that reflects all community aspirations, but finding the balance between various interests is a challenge.

To view the submissions received go to the Draft Local Alcohol Policy submissions information page

Draft Local Alcohol Policy Hearings Agenda
Draft Local Alcohol Policy Hearings Speaking Times Listing
Draft Local Alcohol Policy Report to Hearings Committee
Schedule of breaks during Hearings Committee

Related documents:
Draft Local Alcohol Policy (PDF, 231.4 KB)
The purpose of a Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) is to ensure that the sale, supply and consumption of alcohol occurs in a safe and responsible way and that any adverse effects are minimised.

Summary of Background Information (PDF, 269.8 KB)
This policy is to be read in conjunction with the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 and the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Regulations 2013.

Local Alcohol Policy – Statement of Proposal (PDF, 187.3 KB)
This Statement of Proposal has been prepared to fulfil the requirements of sections 83 and 87 of the Local Government Act 2002 (LGA) and section 79 of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (the Act).

DCC Link

Alcohol should be a Class A drug_1

█ Ministry of Health | http://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/healthy-living/addictions/alcohol-and-drugs

█ NZ Drug Foundation | https://www.drugfoundation.org.nz/alcohol

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56 responses to “Dunedin’s draft local alcohol policy (Lap) —submissions, real story outs

  1. Elizabeth

    ### dunedintv.co.nz November 11, 2014 – 7:29pm
    Public hearings for draft local alcohol policy begin
    A public hearing over the Dunedin City Council’s draft local alcohol policy has begun. The hearing is set to run for a week. And with more than 4000 submissions lodged, there are plenty of differing views being shared.

  2. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Wed, 12 Nov 2014
    Inducement claim riles bar owners
    By Debbie Porteous
    Dunedin district licensing commissioner Colin Weatherall opened a hearing on Dunedin’s draft local alcohol policy (Lap) yesterday by suggesting Dunedin bars offered patrons cheap drinks to fill in submission forms supplied by the industry. […] The industry strenuously denies the claim and asked Mr Weatherall to provide evidence. He is expected to do today.
    Read more


    ### ODT Online Wed, 12 Nov 2014
    Police question assumptions in industry report
    By Debbie Porteous
    Otago’s top policeman has slammed an industry-commissioned economic impact report on Dunedin’s draft local alcohol policy (Lap) as flawed and misleading. Superintendent Andrew Coster said yesterday the report from Insight Economics used a narrow sample of statistics, out of context, to suit its purpose.
    Read More

    Read the Insight Economics report here

  3. Elizabeth

    ### dunedintv.co.nz November 12, 2014 – 6:59pm
    OUSA slams draft local alcohol policy
    The second day of the Dunedin City Council’s hearing over its draft local alcohol policy has wrapped up. And it’s seen representatives from the Otago University Students’ Association slam the proposal. They want to see the DCC take its policy back to the drawing board.

  4. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Thu, 13 Nov 2014
    Bars closing ‘price of civil society’
    By Debbie Porteous
    Bars closing might be the price of becoming a civil society, a social service agency says, as no-shows dominated the second day of hearings on Dunedin’s draft local alcohol policy (Lap).
    Read more

  5. Cars

    I think we should close the bars, restaurants and shops and let the good people of Dunedin walk through the Octagon and not be accosted by shopkeepers, and businessmen. After all we have the students who will now ride merry go rounds, visit the Taieri Gorge, swim at St Clair, poke around rockpools and visit the Albatross colony. That’s what they do everywhere else and Dunedin’s two percent rise in jobs and 10% rise in income will all be arranged and paid for by the DCC, just as it was in the USSR.

  6. Elizabeth

    ### dunedintv.co.nz November 13, 2014 – 5:50pm
    Police support draft local alcohol policy
    Police have thrown their support behind the Dunedin City Council’s draft local alcohol policy. Officers delivered a staunch message during the third day of a hearing for the proposal. They’re urging council staff to refrain from watering down any of the provisions.

  7. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Sat, 15 Nov 2014
    No-shows included man who had not heard of Lap
    By Debbie Porteous
    Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull is urging submitters to confirm they will show up to draft local alcohol policy (Lap) hearings after nearly two-thirds of those who indicated they wanted to speak failed to appear this week. Only 47 of the 131 people scheduled to speak actually attended, leaving a room full of councillors and staff waiting for good portions of the first three of seven scheduled days of hearings.
    Read more

  8. Elizabeth

    Weatherall confirms a Public Health South medical officer of health was the ”reliable source”.

    ### ODT Online Thu, 20 Nov 2014
    Health official ‘source’ of inducement claims
    By Debbie Porteous
    A top public health official was the source of information that Dunedin punters were offered cheap drinks in exchange for filling in a submission form on a draft local alcohol policy, it has been revealed. But details of the alleged enticements remain unclear.
    Read more

  9. Elizabeth

    ### dunedintv.co.nz December 4, 2014 – 5:47pm
    Rising health costs associated with local alcohol abuse revealed
    The significant and rising health costs associated with local alcohol abuse have been revealed. Details of the multi million-dollar problem have emerged during the final day of a local alcohol policy hearing. And the revelations, from Southern District Health Board staff, have given the council much to mull over.

  10. Elizabeth

    The location and presentation of the alcohol display, to the right of the store entrance, maximises shoppers’ exposure to alcohol.

    ### ODT Online Thu, 11 Dec 2014
    Alcohol display’s $1m problem
    By Debbie Porteous
    Moving the alcohol display area at Countdown’s Cumberland St supermarket in Dunedin would cost the store more than $1million, its owner says. Countdown owner Progress Enterprises Ltd did not provide a cost breakdown as it faced Dunedin’s district licensing committee yesterday.
    Read more

  11. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Sat, 21 Mar 2015
    Changes made to alcohol policy
    By Vaughan Elder
    A Dunedin City Council panel has come up with an alcohol policy that everybody ”can live with”, Cr Andrew Whiley says. A panel of six councillors and chairman Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull on Thursday settled on a policy aimed at curbing alcohol-fuelled harm. Details of the policy, which still has to be approved by the full council, remain under wraps, but Cr Whiley yesterday said changes had been made from a draft which prompted outrage from the hospitality sector.
    Read more

  12. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Sun, 26 Apr 2015
    Bar owners live with uncertainty over Lap
    By Vaughan Elder
    Delays in the development of a local alcohol policy have left Dunedin bar owners in “limbo”. After previously saying the policy was likely to be voted on at next Tuesday’s council meeting, Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said the vote would be delayed, perhaps until next month, while the written version of the policy was finalised.
    Read more

    • Peter

      Delayed more like because the council has a lot on its plate playing nasty game politics. And wants to avoid yet more anger against it.
      As if we care anyhow what these bars are going through.
      Is the written version being done in ink fountain pen and blotter paper?

  13. Elizabeth

    ### dunedintv.co.nz May 19, 2015 – 7:40pm
    New local alcohol policy to be adopted Monday
    Dunedin bar owners are about to discover the new rules they have to live by, when the city council reveals its new local alcohol policy. The council’s due to adopt its new policy on Monday. That’s when the details will become public for the first time, following months of consultation.
    More than 4000 submissions were lodged on the draft new policy, which many locals opposed.
    Bar owners and others working in the local hospitality industry are worried the new rules will stymie their profits.
    The latest Dunedin pub to close its doors for good was the Shiel Hill Cafe and Bar, with owners citing financial problems.
    Ch39 Link [no video available]

    *Story withdrawn – see 20.5.15 DCC delays local alcohol policy decisions

  14. Elizabeth


    ### dunedintv.co.nz May 20, 2015 – 7:10pm
    DCC delays local alcohol policy decisions
    The Dunedin City Council is further delaying its local alcohol policy. The new policy was due to be revealed at a council meeting on Monday, as reported last night by 39 Dunedin News.

    LAP —No longer likely to be considered before July.

    Council staff say meeting schedules for June are almost full, and councillors’ time is being taken up by long term plan deliberations. The council hasn’t set a date for when it will reveal the new alcohol policy. In the meantime, bar owners say they’re waiting in limbo, unsure what changes the council will impose on their businesses.
    Ch39 Link [no video available]

    • Hype O'Thermia

      Oooh! Aaaagh! Oh no! Please dear god[s] make this go away, this need to make a decision that will be awfully unpopular with so many people if we decide………
      On the other hand that is what’s urgently wanted by so many people.
      Eeny meeny – no don’t go any further, there’s a word we cannot say.
      If we… I mean doesn’t it look as if a part of the city has been allowed to turn into a compound for ferals, if we…. but if we don’t… perhaps if we have some more talks with them and grovel nicely….
      How can we come out of this looking good, that’s the real question.
      Anyone got any answers? Even you, Cr Vandervis – for once you’re welcome to voice an opinion, we’re that desperate.

      [Liveried messenger enters stage left and hands parchment to Cr Staynes, who hands it to Cr Thomson, who bows and hands it to Mayor Cull]
      Great news, we have the Word and the Word is Procrastinate: “Council staff say meeting schedules for June are almost full, and councillors’ time is being taken up by long term plan deliberations.”

  15. Diane Yeldon

    When is it going to sink into people’s heads that the members of the ‘liquor industry’ are actually drug dealers?

    • Elizabeth

      It seems no-one in power wants to think that, Diane; a truth too far for many when money and lost and dulled senses combine was it for pleasure.

      Nigel Latta’s TV programme was fairly hard hitting but one person can’t change centuries of human allegiance to the manufacture, use, and profiteering from brain altering liquids.

  16. Peter

    Apparently the Ra Bar in the Octagon is going to close soon for five months of refurbishment before reopening. So that is at least one Octagon bar that is not struggling, irrrespective of any LAP policy.
    I suspect these bars cry dire consequences for any change to curb drinking and profits, but it is hype.

  17. Elizabeth

    ### dunedintv.co.nz May 29, 2015 – 5:50pm
    Frustration grows among Dunedin bar owners
    Frustration is growing among Dunedin bar owners, as they wait anxiously for the city council’s new alcohol policy. Council staff won’t say when they’ll reveal the policy, despite widespread public interest. And that’s prompting calls for them to get on with it.

  18. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Wed, 24 Jun 2015
    Dunedin booze plan targets supermarkets
    By Chris Morris
    The Dunedin City Council has dropped the toughest restrictions on bars and instead turned up the heat on off-licence sales, with the release of its local alcohol policy. The provisional policy, made public today, outlined plans for tougher 9am to 9pm hours for alcohol sales from supermarkets and other off-licences in the city.
    Read more

    Dunedin City Council – Media Release
    Local Alcohol Policy Released

    This item was published on 24 Jun 2015

    Community views have been taken into account in the preparation of a provisional Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) for Dunedin.

    The Dunedin City Council will on Monday discuss a provisional LAP which includes a range of changes from the draft document put out for public comment last year. The DCC received 4262 submissions on the draft and there were seven days of hearings.

    The current document, prepared by the Draft Local Alcohol Policy Hearings Committee, no longer proposes a one way door policy from 1am or that no shots are served after midnight on licensed premises.

    The Committee proposes some new provisions, such as a moratorium on new off-licence premises in the area north of the Octagon bound by Stuart Street and Moray Place (south), Filleul and Queens Streets, the Gardens Village and Anzac Avenue.  The exception would be specialist, premium wine stores and breweries selling their own products. Some changes to trading hours are also proposed.

    DCC General Manager Services and Development Simon Pickford says, “This was an example of a really good engagement process. Members of the community fronted up and made their views very clear. The committee has listened and believes it has struck the right balance between keeping people safe from alcohol-related harm and retaining a vibrant and sustainable central city.”

    If the Council approves the document, a formal regulatory process then follows. People who made submissions to the draft LAP have 30 days from the date the provisional LAP is notified to appeal if they are not satisfied the policy meets the objective of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. People who have not previously made a submission are not able to lodge an appeal.

    If there are no appeals, the LAP then comes into effect. The new maximum trading hours take effect three months after the date the policy is adopted.

    To view the provisional LAP visit Dunedin Provisional Local Alcohol Policy (PDF)

    For SUMMARY TABLE OF LAP PROVISIONS go to http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/latest-news/june-2015/provisional-local-alcohol-policy-released

    Contact Simon Pickford, General Manager Services and Development on 03 474 3707

    • Hype O'Thermia

      Timid. Gutless. Floppy and limp. Just in case anyone might be inconvenienced there’s a tiny little precisely-engineered hole suitable for driving a logging truck through: “The exception would be specialist, premium wine stores and breweries selling their own products.”

      A thorough process of wide-ranging consultation with all interested parties was employed in the framing of this ground-breaking policy. It was important to give everyone time to consider and discuss the implications of any changes. Plenty of time, plenty of hot air. It wouldn’t be over till the castrati sang.

      Tra-la and a ninny-nonny-no, excuse us, we mean yes.

      Can’t see anyone’s alcohol intake being impeded or profits reduced. Neighbours of boozy jerks, prepare yourselves for plenty more same-same.

  19. Lyndon Weggery

    Where is the policy to address off-campus drinking that is plaguing areas like View St ?

    • Rambo

      Watch the new laws make absolutely NO DIFFERENCE for those of us who have to suffer the pop-up party scene in the Central and City Rise areas. Re-Orientation week will be on us in less than two weeks!

      Further to Lyndon’s post – lets not forget Arthur St, Royal Terrace, Stafford St, Cargill St, York Place, Heriot Row, Queens St, Tennyson St, Pitt St, Warrender St, Woodhaugh…

      If you want to see the existing liquor ban area extended to your street then lets do something about it. Anyone interested in forming a lobby group on this very issue is welcome to email their details to cityriseup@gmail.com

  20. Elizabeth

    More early distillations from ODT, lacking much analysis….


  21. E Palmer

    Woohoo our Council have finally announced their LAP decisions similar to most others – strategically timed for when 80% of the students are away (haha). Now if only we could have the same timing when it comes to local body elections. Half the reason we have the disgusting drinking culture we have now is because the student numbers at voting time have bought this about! Get off your bums Dunedin for the next elections or get exactly what you deserve!

    Hope I’m wrong, but let’s watch how nothing much changes here until we can get some liquor ban areas in place and the cops acting on it. Predict street parties will just pop up at shorter notice. They’re excellent at mobilizing on social media here and seriously organized when it comes to their precious grog.

    Otaaaago Pride of the South, where you can do a Bachelor of Alcoholism, a Master of Booze Administration and a PissHead Doctorate!

  22. Hype O'Thermia

    When it was 6 o’clock closing and you had to be 21 to be on licensed premises parties, now called pop-up parties, were the norm. This continued into the time of 10 o’clock closing. Young, broke and looking nowhere like old enough, we used to either contact one of the senior students – there were far more of the “perpetual student” types, plus meds and dentals whose courses were so long they were old enough to go to the pub, and ask “Where are the parties?” Mostly they were “open”, ie a room was cleared of nearly everything and everyone who turned up was allowed in.

    Big differences – alcohol was not readily available, was not on special. Girls earned much less than boys in holiday jobs so drinking was not common, alcohol was not a normalised item in the female budget.

    We had fewer costs and more allowances, but we did not have the ability to borrow the way today’s school-leavers do when they go on to tertiary study. Boys could get some really well-paid jobs in the long vacation.

    Some drunkenness was funny, some people were famous drunks for being wild and outrageous, but in general not being able to hold one’s liquor wasn’t cool. Being able to drink large amounts and still act “normal” could make a guy somewhat of a legend, but falling around piddling in one’s pants and puking anywhere other than into a lavatory was at best regrettable, Especially if it happened more than once.

    The numbers were small, tiny compared to now. And there were no cellphones for instant communication far and wide, in fact many flats didn’t have a phone at all. So while some of the open parties had people overflowing out the doors, they were tame affairs. Those who “pre-loaded” did so at the pub, drinking NZ’s weasel-pee beer. Wine was not a thing – generally pretty foul. Anyone remember McWilliams Bakano? I’m talking about a period long before …. wait for it …. Cold Duck! Spirits? Sometimes, not a lot, generally people brought a dozen or half-doz of Speights or DB to parties.

    Another thing that made parties less of a horror for neighbours was the absence of noise-makers. Record players were expensive and not all that common. At top volume they were still gentle by today’s standards. Guitars, and anyone who could play a guitar was a real asset, were acoustic.

    It’s not that we were naturally considerate genteel teenagers and early 20s, we pushed the boundaries as far as they’d go at the time. Standards of behaviour were stricter though, that’s how we had been raised by our parents. There was a line drawn by the general community regarding what was OK and what was unacceptable. University and Teachers College authorities were appropriately stuffy old-fashioned adults, not “down with the kids” wanting to be liked – personal popularity wasn’t their job.

    “Girls can do anything” had, like most changes, a down-side: girls can get so drunk they fall over in the street, pee their pants and puke in places other than into lavatory bowls.

  23. Gurglars

    Hype, a couple of years ago I drank a 1983 Bakano, absolutely superb! No chemicals and well stored side on, I’ll bet you would wish you had kept some of those early Bakanos, a revelation today.

  24. Hype O'Thermia

    Gor blimey. From what I remember of it, had the thought of putting it away for years later occurred to me I’d have quickly nixed the idea, expecting the very bottle would be riddled with corrosion after all that time letting the contents escape to engage in battle with borer and create early Leaky Building Syndrome.

  25. Elizabeth

    New alcohol rules easy to swallow
    Moves to tighten up Dunedin’s alcohol regulations have drawn little protest from inner-city bar owners, but supermarket representatives are not commenting yet.

  26. Elizabeth

    Comment at ODT Online:

    Alcohol and students
    Submitted by Barnaby on Thu, 25/06/2015 – 8:29pm.

    I am currently in Singapore where there are convenience stores everywhere selling liquor 24/7. I have been here many many times and have never once seen drunken unruly behaviour that is now the trademark of Dunedin and Otago University. The latest wimpy response from the DCC is about what you’d expect, a weasly response to a serious problem. A response that offers a politically correct and spineless compromise to the alcohol apologists’ cause, but no relief to a major social problem. Council and Otago University display an appalling lack of leadership on this. A simple strict liquor ban works here.

  27. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Tue, 30 Jun 2015
    Cull wants city bars to survive
    By David Loughrey
    Licensed bars were the safest places to drink, and Dunedin City Council alcohol rules should not force people into less safe environments, Mayor Dave Cull said yesterday. He made the comments as the council voted to adopt the city’s local alcohol policy.
    Read more


    ### ODT Online Tue, 30Jun 2015
    Action on BYO ‘bullies’
    By Timothy Brown
    Drunken, bullying young people have prompted authorities and restaurants to clamp down on BYO drinking sessions in Dunedin. An accord, which aims to curtail excessive drinking habits and turn restaurants back into “places for dining rather than places for alcohol consumption”, was unveiled by police and the Southern District Health Board yesterday.
    Read more

    • Hype O'Thermia

      I’d tend to think bars scattered all over town, neighbourhood bars, would be healthier. Too far for drunks to amble from bar to bar causing annoyance on the way, no annoying > aggro-promoting wait for taxis by large numbers of pissed people in one place. Walking distance for more people. Strengthening neighbourhood social bonds. Or is it about teens to twenties, esp students?

  28. Elizabeth

    ###dunedintv.co.nz June 30, 2015 – 7:47pm
    New local alcohol policy limits liquor purchase and consumption
    The city’s long-criticised heavy drinking culture could be a thing of the past, with the approval of major changes. Councillors support a new local alcohol policy, which limits the purchase and consumption of liquor. Although there’s one final hurdle, with appeals being considered.


    ### dunedintv.co.nz June 30, 2015 – 7:34pm
    Extra measures being taken to curb drunken disorder
    As a new local alcohol policy is implemented, further measures are being taken to curb drunken disorder. Police and the Southern District Health Board are teaming up to address gross intoxication at local restaurants. And the call for action has come from the hospitality industry itself.

    • Peter

      Hopefully these measures have some effect. I wonder if there is a time frame to assess the success or not of the new bylaws.
      At least these measures can be given a good go and, if necessary, be tightened further. The drinking culture in Dunedin will take a while to tame.
      I think the council has tried hard to sort this out.

  29. Elizabeth

    Tabled at the Council meeting held 29 June:

    Report – Council – 29/06/2015 (PDF, 467.6 KB)
    Local Alcohol Policy

  30. Elizabeth

    ### dunedintv.co.nz July 1, 2015 – 7:05pm
    Nightly interview: Dave Cull
    A raft of new measures are being implemented to curb the local drinking culture. Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull is involved in citywide efforts to reduce alcohol related harm. 


    ### dunedintv.co.nz July 1, 2015 – 5:37pm
    Your word on a 9pm limit for alcohol sales
    The Dunedin City Council is imposing more restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol. Its new policy includes a 9pm limit on alcohol sales from off-licence premises like supermarkets and liquor stores. So with that in mind, our word on the street team asked the public what they think about the change.

  31. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Sun, 5 Jul 2015
    ‘Sexist’ BYO limit complaint laid
    By Timothy Brown
    A Dunedin woman has complained to the Human Rights Commission over the differing limits for women and men in Dunedin’s BYO accord.
    Read more

  32. Elizabeth

    ### dunedintv.co.nz July 8, 2015 – 5:47pm
    Creeping costs of new laws putting pressure on hospitality industry
    Hospitality New Zealand says the creeping costs of new laws are putting pressure on local businesses. The organisation’s released a report on the different factors impacting hospitality in Dunedin and the rest of the country. Staff say higher licensing fees is having significant negative effects for local business owners. And more paperwork means some small businesses have to bring in outside help. It’s believed increasing tourism numbers are partially offsetting the rising costs the new laws are causing.
    Ch39 Link [no video available]

    • Peter

      How about the alleged multi million multiplier effect of large events held at the stadium? Repeated claims in other cities.
      How about the constant refurbishment/rebranding of many city cafes?
      Sorry. Not convinced by Hospitality NZ crying poor.

  33. Hype O'Thermia

    Tooth Fairy. Santa Claus, Multiplier Effect.

  34. Calvin Oaten

    Peter, I suspect the ‘multiples’ that they use are from the same ‘sclerotic’ family that some unfortunate folk suffer from.

  35. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Wed, 15 Jul 2015
    Countdown facing licence suspension
    By Chris Morris
    Supermarkets have been put ”on notice” after Countdown’s central Dunedin store was twice found to be offering illegally discounted alcohol as part of a nationwide promotion. The warning came from Dunedin City Council licensing inspector Tony Mole following a hearing of the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority in Dunedin yesterday.
    Read more

  36. Elizabeth

    Only 8.

    ### dunedintv.co.nz Thu, August 6, 2015
    Appeals lodged against DCC’s proposed local alcohol policy
    Eight appeals have been lodged against the city council’s proposed local alcohol policy. They’ll be considered by the national Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority. Appellants include the police, hospitality associations, supermarkets and liquor retailers. It’ll be months before the appeals are likely to be considered, and in the meantime existing rules remain in place.
    Ch39 Link [no video available]

  37. Elizabeth

    The most ludicrous case of SDHB interference in the business of a well-respected company and employer. I note the idiot SDHB might consider ‘‘any further possible actions” —to me, given the right and proper licencing process followed to date, that sounds threatening and intimidatory.

    ● Wests director Alf Loretan said he and wife Kaye were relieved at the decision.

    Tue, 19 Apr 2016
    ODT: Relief as Wests has liquor licence renewed
    The owner of a Dunedin soft drinks institution says “common sense” has prevailed after the district licensing committee agreed to renew its liquor off-licence. Wests (NZ) Ltd, which has been trading for 139 years, has been selling alcohol as well as soft drinks and flavoured syrups from its South Dunedin factory store for much of that time. The company hit a snag when an application to renew its existing off-licence, needed for alcohol sales, was opposed by Southern District Health Board medical officer of health Dr Marion Poore.

  38. Hype O'Thermia

    It’s that kind of rules rule, clipboardy-tickboxy, never mind reality look at the regulations attitude that made the word “bureaucratic” into a scorn-filled insult and some bureaucrats into figures of fun, source material for satirists so instead of being complete blights can be credited with making unintended contributions to public mirth.

  39. Elizabeth

    DCC operational out of synch with Councillors, much ????
    Time to pull a head in.

    Tue, 5 Jul 2016
    ODT: Liquor licence appeal baffles Wests
    Public Health South and the Dunedin City Council’s decision to appeal the renewal of a Dunedin soft drinks institution’s liquor licence is “bewildering in the extreme”, the company’s director says. Wests (NZ) Ltd was granted an off-licence in April after a battle from November last year by the company to renew its licence.

    The decision has been appealed by Public Health South medical officer of health Dr Marion Poore and Dunedin City Council licensing inspector Martine Cashell-Smith. The appeal will be heard by the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority next month.

    • Hype O'Thermia

      I have my own theory, as I wrote in a Comment to odt online:
      Colour me baffled too
      Excellent letter, Challispoint! [http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/389212/liquor-licence-appeal-baffles-wests#comment-85747] Wests aren’t the only ones baffled. I can’t help wondering if it’s that, when there is a conflict between bureaucracy and the Public Opinion plus CommonSense, and PO+CS win, there’s an appeal (like with the Brexit result) because bureaucrats are sore losers! And they are bound to claim “it’s for your own good, we know best” even when as has been pointed out clearly and logically by Challispoint their claims lack logic.

  40. Gurglars

    A Bureaucrat does not earn his salary by Approving an application via rubber stamp or otherwise. He earns his salary by stopping. By obfuscation by reapplying, by failure. This is the fundamental wrong with the housing market and in fact the commercial success of startup companies in New Zealand. It is why small IT companies maybe the only chance of success.

    They need no approvals.

    Try however to manufacture a Widget!

  41. Elizabeth

    Thu, 3 Nov 2016
    ODT: Authority will test city alcohol policy
    The future of the Dunedin City Council’s alcohol policy will be decided by a court this month, when supermarket giants, hotel industry advocates and liquor outlets challenge the local authority’s plans to curb alcohol-related harm. An appeal hearing has been set down for four days from November 21 in Dunedin. Council liquor licensing co-ordinator Kevin Mechen said he would present the council’s case, explaining its local alcohol policy, with supporting organisations. Cont/

    • Hype O'Thermia

      WTF? – ” the local authority’s plans to curb alcohol-related harm” – persecution of Wests was because of the harm to children of seeing alcohol sold alongside non-alcohol products.
      Shorter hours in which to sell alcohol in supermarkets is all arse-about-face. To avoid children seeing alcohol purchase normalised along with beans and Napisan, supermarkets should be barred from displaying and selling it in the same hours as TV is barred from showing programs unsuitable for children. I suggest allowing sales of alcohol up till 2pm except weekends and school holidays, then not at all until after 8.30 pm till shop closing time.

  42. Elizabeth

    Wed, 23 Nov 2016
    ODT: Shorter liquor outlet opening hours an issue
    The hearing into the future of Dunedin’s new alcohol sales rules yesterday took in everything from the adaptability of young people buying alcohol to the importance of what time it is bought. Supermarkets, the hotel industry, liquor outlets and police are appealing the council’s local alcohol policy (LAP). Cont/

  43. Elizabeth

    “In the meantime, the DCC will be considering its options, including a possible appeal to the High Court.” –Dave Cull

    Sat, 4 Feb 2017
    ODT: Liquor policy rejected
    New Zealand’s major supermarket chains have successfully fought Dunedin City Council efforts to restrict alcohol sales in the city. The Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (Arla) ruled that parts of the council’s local alcohol policy (LAP) were “unreasonable”, including the proposal to cut off-licence hours from 7am-11pm to 9am-9pm. Arla also ruled that a proposed moratorium on most types of bottle stores in North Dunedin, which the council hoped would help curb problem drinking in the area, was unreasonable. The decision comes after parts of the council’s proposed alcohol policy were appealed by a number of organisations, including New Zealand’s two main supermarket operators, Foodstuffs and Progressive Enterprises. Cont/

  44. Rumpold

    One look at the council’s alcohol policy and the question needs to be asked. Was the council’s alcohol policy written by the university and rubber stamped by council ?

  45. Elizabeth

    Rumpold, that would explain the following curiosity:

    (via ODT)
    “Police’s failure to present evidence was “notable and somewhat surprising”, given they had submitted they would have to “stare down the barrel of another year of dealing with alcohol-fuelled assaults and disorder [that] we know could have been mitigated by this policy”.”

    Yes. A major cookup by university amateurs in cahoots with DCC lesser lights. Bingo. Police appear not to want to back the exercise!

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