The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act (Renewal of Licences) Amendments Bill is open for public consultation with submissions closing on Wednesday 25 April.  Clubs New Zealand will be looking to make a submission on behalf of our member clubs.  We also urge each club to take the time to make a submission to help ensure that the voice of clubs is heard and taken seriously.

The Bills explanatory note states: that where a local alcohol policy is in place under the provisions of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 any renewal of a licence under the Act must not be inconsistent with the provisions of that local alcohol policy.

Effectively what this means is that if the bill is passed your licence renewal could be refused should your council have an LAP in place that includes consideration of location, density and proximity to 'other facilities'.  It will not matter that your club has operated in its currently location for the last 50 years if for example a child care center has opened near by, the child care center will get first priority and consideration.

Clubs New Zealand does not support this bill and is firmly of the opinion that there is currently adequate checks and tools in place under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act.  The Bill could mean that even if your club licence renewal meets all the renewal criteria under section 131 of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act and receives no opposition or objections, the renewal could still be refused because it is deemed inconsistent with the Local Alcohol Policy.

How to make a submission;

  • Submissions are due by Wednesday 25th April 2018
  • You can make a submission online through Parliament website – Visit the Parliament Website by clicking here
  • You can also upload and attached documents or supporting information if you wish.

For more information on the Bill including the Supplementary Order Paper and notes please visit the Parliament website using the link below:

Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Renewal of Licences) Amendment Bill (No 2) AND Supplementary Order Paper No 14