New Zealand’s Alcohol Laws have changed:
The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 was passed on the 18th December 2012. This new legislation replaces the Sale of Liquor Act 1989. The new legislation came into force in stages with the final parts coming into force on the 18th December 2013.
The main changes include:
- The Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (ARLA) replaces the Liquor Licensing Authority (LLA).
- District Licensing Committee’s (DLCs) will replace District Licensing Agencies (DLAs).
- Supply of alcohol to minors (persons under 18 years of age) can only be done so legally by their parent/legal guardian or if they have express consent from the young person’s parents and if supplied in a responsible manner.
- National maximum trading hours will apply to licensed premises. These are: 7am-11pm for off-licence premises and 8am to 4am for on-licence premises.
- Local Alcohol Policies can be notified as provisional policies.
- A new fees regime for licensees applies.
- Irresponsible advertising and promotion becomes an offence under set criteria.
- Supermarket alcohol displays are limited to one single non-prominent area of the store.
- New licensing fees scheme introduced.
- Stronger definition of intoxication.