STOP THE PRESS! It is time to take heed
16 May 2019
Clubs New Zealand administers the arrangement for reciprocal rights on behalf of members
Before another mass email is sent re reciprocal rights we need to stop, we need to take stock and as a collective we need to get on the same page.
Reciprocal Rights - Clarification
9 May 2019
Earlier this week a large number of clubs received an email from a Clubs New Zealand member club regarding recent changes and requirements being imposed upon them following the clubs recent licence renewal process.
One of the requirements imposed upon the club regards reciprocal rights and required the club to communicate directly with other clubs they wish to have reciprocal rights with and receive a response back which they will need to keep on file.
Reciprocal Rights - The Thin Edge of the Wedge
11 April 2019
Reciprocal Rights is a part of club life that dates back to the very first clubs established in New Zealand. It provides club members the opportunity to visit and enjoy the facilities and hospitality of clubs right across the country. Reciprocal Rights reinforces the club community in New Zealand and supports social visits and sporting tournaments enjoyed by many club members.
As an industry we must act now to ensure that this fundamental part of club life is protected because it is under increasing scrutiny!
Get prepared for Easter and ANZAC day - Trading Hours, Special Licences and Employee Entitlements
7 March 2019
Good Friday is kicking off the Easter and ANZAC Day public holidays for 2019 on Friday 19th April. With these holidays, there is always some confusion around the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 and how it applies to trading hours for Club Licences. If you are going to be seeking a special licence over any of these holidays the cut off date is fast approaching, so now is the time to get those applications in.
Get to know your local Alcohol Harm Prevention Officer
21 June 2018
Over the course of this year Clubs New Zealand has been in regular communication with Graham Shields, Alcohol Harm Prevention Coordinator with the New Zealand Police as well as other Alcohol Harm Prevention Officers across New Zealand. The development of this relationship with the New Zealand Police has been hugely beneficial in that we have been able to effectively convey and discuss the difficulties faced by club licence holders while also achieving a better understanding of the role and work carried out by Alcohol Harm Prevention Officers.
A Moderate Shift
17 April 2018
WELLNESS, MODERATION, premiumisation, lower-alcohol, no alcohol. In the last few years, these words have become a much bigger part of the drinks industry lexicon in New Zealand and internationally. A global consumer shift towards healthier lifestyles and a desire to know more about what we are consuming has seen drinks companies expand and diversify their ranges to cater to a growing audience seeking beverages that are lower in or contain virtually no alcohol; are free from sugar, carbs or calories; or offer a more premium experience when they do choose to drink.
ANZAC Day 2018 - Trading and Employee Entitlements
12 April 2018
On Wednesday 25th April we will all rise to commemorate ANZAC Day. Below you will find an overview of trading hours under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 as well as information relating to employee entitlements.
Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act (Renewal of Licences) Amendment Bill
5 April 2018
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.
15 February 2018
Around this time of year we always get questions from clubs regarding Easter Trading Hours and how they apply to Club Licences. Below is a quick summary of any restrictions and things to consider now. For information on Employee Entitlements for Easter please visit the article Waitangi Day and Easter Public Holidays - Employee Entitlements
The Alcohol Game Plan for Club Committees and Bar Staff - New Club Specific Resources
18 January 2018
The Health Promotion Agency has recently released new guidance material aimed at Club Committees and Bar Staff called Alcohol Game Plan - Managing Alcohol in Clubs.
Club Licence holders beware
17 January 2018
Once again, we would like clubs to take the time to review your practices, procedures and rules to ensure that you are complying with the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, particularly in relation to Section 60. We are aware that the Police are intending to increase their monitoring of clubs in the Wellington area and there is absolutely no reason to believe that this will not be the case elsewhere. The Police are quoted as saying “Ignorance of the Act is no longer an excuse and clubs must be prepared to face enforcement action if they are discovered operating outside the conditions of their licence or in breach of the Act.”
Are you walking the talk?
28 June 2017
As holders of club licences you have most likely had a visit from your local licensing inspector. As per section 197 of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, Inspectors must monitor licensees’ compliance with the Act. When an Inspector visits your club, they will be looking at a long list of compliance areas covered in the Act, they will also be looking to see that your club is walking the talk.