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Government announces amendments to "fix" alcohol legislation

2 November 2022

Justice Minister Hon Kiritapu Allan has announced that the Government will be introducing laws aimed at "fixing alcohol legislation that has been used by the alcohol industry and retailers to stop local communities from putting in place rules around the sale of liquor in their area."

The amendments to the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 will remove the ability to appeal local alcohol policies (LAP)s among other things.

The right to appeal LAPs provides an important check and balance that assists in securing a broadly consistent approach across the country.

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Repeal of Good Friday and Easter Sunday as Restricted Trading Days (Shop Trading and Sale of Alcohol) Amendment Bill fails to pass first reading

4 August 2022

On Wednesday 3rd August, Act MP, Chris Baillie's members bill the Repeal of Repeal of Good Friday and Easter Sunday as Restricted Trading Days (Shop Trading and Sale of Alcohol) Amendment Bill had its first reading in Parliament, where it failed to progress to the select committee stage.

While the bill was not of huge significance for club licence holders, Clubs New Zealand is disappointed that the bill has failed to progress.  Clubs New Zealand saw the bill as an important step in removing the confusion that surrounds Easter trading rules for licence holders and the public.

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The Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Harm Minimisation) Amendment Bill

4 July 2022

Chloe Swarbricks Member's Bill "The Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Harm Minimisation) Amendment Bill was introduced to Parliament on the 30th June 2022.  The bill covers two parts. Part 1 aims to abolish appeals on local alcohol policies while Part 2 looks to implement the recommendations of the 2014 Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship which would ban alcohol sponsorship and advertising of all streamed and live sports and ban alcohol sponsorship at all sporting venues.

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2022 Review of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Fees) Regulations 2013

2 June 2022

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Fees) Regulations 2013 (the Regulations) came into force in 2013 and it sets out the application and annual fees that may be charged for alcohol licences to enable Territorial Authorities to recover costs from administering the licensing provisions in the Act.

Under the Act, the Ministry of Justice (the Ministry) is required to undertake a five-year review of alcohol licensing fees and of cost recovery by TAs for alcohol licensing.  The Ministry has recently announced the second fees review since the act came into force and Clubs New Zealand has been invited to participate in the stakeholder consultation.    

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Get prepared for Easter and ANZAC day - Trading Hours, Special Licences and Employee Entitlements

31 March 2022

Good Friday is kicking off the Easter and ANZAC Day public holidays for 2022 on Friday 15th 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 and employee entitlements.  

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ANZAC Day 2021 - Trading Hours, Special Licences and Employee Entitlements

8 April 2021

ANZAC Day 2021 is only a couple of weeks away and no doubt our RSA members are anticipating a huge turn out after last years commemorations were held from within bubbles.  This ANZAC Day falls on Sunday 25th April, the public holiday is Mondayised for those whom Sunday is not otherwise a working day.

Below is an overview on trading hours, special licence requirements and employee entitlements for ANZAC Day.

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Easter Trading 2021

25 March 2021

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

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ASA releases new Alcohol Advertising and Promotion Code

17 December 2020

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has announced it has adopted a new Alcohol Advertising and Promotion Code (the Code) following a scheduled review of the existing Code for Advertising and Promotion of Alcohol completed by the ASA Codes Committee (the Committee). The new Code is effective from 1 April 2021 for new alcohol advertising and promotion and 1 July 2021 for all alcohol advertising and promotion.

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HPA Clubs Toolkit launched for Club Licence Holders

11 March 2020

For the last 12 months HPA have been working to produce a Clubs Toolkit to support Club Licence holders and it is now available to download from the HPA website.

We are really excited to finally see a club specific resource produced for the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act. Keith was asked by HPA to provide feedback and assistance in pulling the resource together and we are confident that this is going to be of huge assistance to clubs

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Get your hands on the future with Clubs New Zealand's App which can be downloaded on both Apple and Android.  The Clubs New Zealand App is all about helping you get more out of your membership. As a member of a club you can access any of our network of 300 member clubs as a reciprocal visitor and visiting a club is a breeze with the new digital membership card.

 

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