Cap on Auckland liquor stores supported

OneNews 18 June 2014
Ninety percent of Auckland residents would support a cap on the number of off-licences in the city, a survey suggests.

The Auckland Regional Public Health Service report, released today, shows 91% of residents want no increase to the number of liquor stores.

But opinions were split over earlier closing times for bars.

Auckland Council’s local alcohol policy opened for public submissions this week and has proposed tighter controls on where and how alcohol can be sold – including putting a two-year freeze on new bottle shops in central city and high-priority areas, as well as a 3am closing time for on-licence venues in central city, Ponsonby and Newton.

It has already run into opposition from different groups concerned about the impact of restricted liquor sales.

Sixty one percent of people surveyed in the report said they wanted alcohol venues to close by 2am in the CBD.