ANZAC Day - Do you still need a Special Licence?

8 December 2016

Earlier this year The Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Exemption for RNZRSA Clubs from Special Licencing Requirements for ANZAC Day) Amendment Bill 2015 was passed by the Government through urgency. The purpose of the Bill was to amend the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 to exempt those RNZRSA (Royal New Zealand Returned Services Association) clubs that hold a current liquor licence (club licence) from having to seek an additional special licence to enable them to serve liquor before 1pm on ANZAC Day.

There is however concern that the Amendment Act does not do what it was intended in completely removing the need for RNZRSA Clubs to hold a special licence on ANZAC Day morning.

The Amendment Act does cover RNZRSA Clubs in regards to trading hours as outlined in Section 47A(2) of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act. However, the amendment act does not go as far as to extend the clientele to whom the club may supply alcohol.

As it stands those RNZRSA clubs who open their doors to the public on ANZAC Day will still need to apply for a Special Licence to be able to sell and supply alcohol to anyone who is not an authorised customer or an authorised visitor as defined in Section 60 of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act.

Clubs New Zealand is in communication with the Ministry of Justice regarding the above and will keep you posted on any news we receive.

Please note - Club Licence holders who are not a member of RNZRSA and wish to commence trading outside of the hours specified on your licence on ANZAC Day or sell and supply alcohol to people who are not authorised customers or authorised visitors do need to apply for a special licence as usual.

If you have any questions regarding The Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Anzac Day Trading Hours for Licensed RNZRSA Clubs) Amendment Act 2016 please contact lucy@clubsnz.com or call National Office on 0800 4 CLUBS.

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