Plan to fine drunks in Wellington makes progress

OneNews 12 Sept 2013
A decision whether to make public drunkeness in Wellington, including Courtenay Place, an offence will now go to a full council vote.

The idea is one of a raft of proposals to deal with problem drinking in the capital’s bars.

The proposal was passed by the council’s Strategy and Policy Committee today and will next be debated at a full council meeting.

If passed, it is thought to be the first time since the 1970s that public drunkeness was an offence in the city.

Wellington City Councillor Iona Pannett says the idea will not work.

“If it was ever to be made into law, you’d have to arrest most of the city. Most people drink and get intoxicated,” she said.