Tauranga City Council are seeking feedback on where, how and when alcohol can be sold in your community.

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At Alcohol Healthwatch - we've made it super easy to have your say.

What is a Local Alcohol Policy?

The Tauranga City Council Local Alcohol Policy is up for review. By law, every six years a Local Alcohol Policy must be reviewed.

A Local Alcohol Policy guides licensing decisions in relation to:

  • where new licensed premises (e.g. pubs, liquor/bottle stores, licensed supermarkets, etc.) can be located
  • how many (if any) more licensed premises can be approved in the district, or in particular townships, suburbs, etc
  • when alcohol can be sold (i.e. opening and closing hour of alcohol sales)
  • how a licensed premises is operated, through placing discretionary conditions on alcohol licences.

By taking action on the availability of alcohol, we can improve the wellbeing of our communities

What's new in the proposed Tauranga City Local Alcohol Policy?

The main changes in the proposed Tauranga City Council Local Alcohol Policy are to:

  • have on-licences (pubs, bars, restaurants, etc) in the Tauranga City Centre close at 2am instead of 3am
  • have a one-way door policy from 1am instead of 2am (i.e. no new patrons entering after 1am)

However, you can have your say on any aspect(s) of the proposed Local Alcohol Policy, including what is missing in the proposed policy. It may be another six years until you can have your say on this issue again.

What's missing in the proposed Local Alcohol Policy?

  • No provisions to restrict the growth of bottle/liquor stores, particularly in areas experiencing high socio-economic deprivation
  • No protections from bottle/liquor stores opening up near sensitive sites, such as schools, Marae, hospitals, etc. 
  • No restrictions to the trading hours for off-licences, keeping the current closing time of 10pm

If you would like to see what Alcohol Healthwatch is recommending to the Tauranga City Council, click here to access our submission template. Complete the template and email it to rebecca.gallagher@tauranga.govt.nz

NOTE: The proposed Local Alcohol Policy does not include any limit on the growth of liquor stores or restrict where they can be located. We are concerned about this and believe you should be too.

Why should you have your say?

The more that alcohol is available in a community, the higher the levels of harm it is likely to experience. 

Availability of alcohol can be reduced by: 

  • limiting the number of places that sell alcohol;
  • reducing the trading hours for the sale of alcohol; and
  • placing conditions on a liquor licence.

Read more here.

The more that alcohol is available in a community, the higher the levels of harm it is likely to experience. 

Availability of alcohol can be reduced by: 

  • limiting the number of places that sell alcohol;
  • reducing the trading hours for the sale of alcohol; and
  • placing conditions on a liquor licence.

Read more here.

Research shows that 63% of residents in the Bay of Plenty District Health Board region support reducing the number of places that can sell alcohol

Have your say now!

LOCAL ALCOHOL POLICY

Tauranga City Council has opened public consultation to hear community views about their proposed Local Alcohol Policy. 

The public consultation period is from Wednesday 17th November to 5pm Monday 20th December, 2021.

You can read about the consultation here on the Tauranga City Council website.

The proposed Local Alcohol Policy pdf document contains tracked changes from the existing policy. You can see the new changes in red. Note: currently it is a joint Local Alcohol Policy with the Western Bay of Plenty Council. However, both Councils are now developing their own separate Local Alcohol Policies and consulting separately.

Submit here

SUBMISSION PERIOD HAS NOW ENDED.

TWO OPTIONS:

  1. You can submit online through the Council website (left button)
  2. You can download the submission template (right button) and then add your details and send the form to rebecca.gallagher@tauranga.govt.nz. This 2-page template recommends further amendments to the Local Alcohol Policy to more effectively minimise the harm from alcohol in Tauranga.

Public consultation closes 5pm December 20, 2021.

Recommendations from Alcohol Healthwatch

ON-LICENCE TRADING HOURS:
We strongly agree with the reduced trading hours for on-licences (from 9am-3am to 9am-2am)

ONE-WAY DOOR POLICY:
We strongly agree with the earlier one-way door policy at 1am, rather than 2am

SEPARATE SECTION IN POLICY FOR CLUBS:
We strongly agree with the separate section for club licences in the policy

ANY OTHER COMMENTS SECTION:

  • We do not support the lack of restrictions to the availability of alcohol from off-licences
  • We do not support the trading hours for off-licences, and recommend 10am to 9pm
  • We recommend a cap is placed on off-licences, so there are no new bottle/liquor stores granted in high deprivation areas (or no more across the whole of Tauranga City district)
  • We recommend the policy contain discretionary conditions for off-licences, such as restricting alcohol advertising at bottle stores and not allowing single sales
  • We recommend that no new bottle stores are granted in close proximity to sensitive sites, such as schools, Marae, hospitals, etc

For more information

For more info contact: Dr Nicki Jackson - director@ahw.org.nz

Who we are

Alcohol Healthwatch is a registered charity, funded to reduce alcohol-related harm in Aotearoa New Zealand. We utilise best practice evidence to increase awareness of the most effective policies to reduce alcohol use and harm.