Sale & Supply of Liquor

 Rugby World Cup Bill

Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Extended licensing hours during Rugby World Cup) Bill: Submissions are due this Thursday 20th August.
This Bill is to make changes to the SSA Act 2012, allowing licensed premises to extend their licensing hours beyond those already permitted during the 2015 RWC.

Submission Template: Submission to the Justice and Electoral Select Committee on The Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Extended licensing hours during Rugby World Cup) Bill  
For more info & online submissionss click here:  


17 Apr 2013: Booklet: The Last Chance for a generation Alcohol law reform in NZ 2012  

Alcohol Reform

Finally we can report that the Alcohol Reform Bill has passed into law. The Alcohol Reform Bill passed its third and final reading in Parliament on 11th December 2012. The new Act, known as the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, received Royal Assent on Tuesday 18th December 2012, concluding the four-year debate.

Disappointingly, Parliament voted to retain the minimum purchase age at 18 years on the 30th August, 2012. The remaining aspects of the Bill underwent their committee stage debates on the 6th December and as expected all opposition supplementary order papers aimed at strengthening the Bill were voted down. Voting occurred on 11th December 2012 and the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act passed its third reading, becoming law following the Royal Assent.

The Committee of the whole House divided the Alcohol Reform Bill into 3 Bills with new titles:

-Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012
-Local Government (Alcohol Reform) Amendment Act 2012
-Summary Offences (Alcohol Reform) Amendment Act 2012

The majority of the sections included in the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 will have a 6-12 month time lag between the date of Royal Assent (18/12/12) and commencement. This means that we will not see any of the substantial changes come into effect until 2014.

Click here to see the schedule of the commencement of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. 

More Information:    Background    How to Make a Submission   Submission template   Info on the Key Issues  


Feb 17, 2011: Submission - Alcohol Reform Bill

Oct 2009 - Submission to the Law Commission Review & Response to the Issues paper - Alcohol In Our Lives 
Oct 30, 2009: Submission to Law Commission "Alcohol In Our Lives", By FANNZ

Submission Toolkit - Sale & Supply of Liquor and Enforcement Bill (pdf)
This toolkit includes a summary and commentary on the Bill.  Written submissions were due  Thursday 23 April 2009 to Parliament's Justice and Electoral Select Committee.

Briefing Paper:

2004-The Sale of Liquor in New Zealand: Recommended Changes to the Act (PDF)

Fact Sheet:

2009- Information Sheet: Sale and Supply of Liquor 
Community Objections


23 May 2013: Regional Alcohol Forum Document: Key Aspects of the Sale & Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. Alcohol Healthwatch 

Publication - 2010 Health & Lifesytles Survey: Alcohol Related Attitudes; Health Sponsorship Council 2011 (PDF)