Here in Wellington, the police and DHB stopped opposing a new bottle shop when it promised only to sell the expensive stuff.
Beer snobbery has reached a new height in the capital, with a proposed bottle store granted a license only if it sticks to selling top-shelf brews.Were this to become a trend, it would be minimum alcohol unit pricing via a rather dubious process.
And approval could signal a big change for buying a drink throughout the capital, as regulators seek to clamp down on selling cheap alcohol and "nudge" people away from binge drinking.Plans to set-up a new off-license, to be known as Capital Craft Beer Co, on Manners St in Wellington were initially opposed by Police and Regional Public Heath during a district licensing committee hearing this morning....However both the police and regional public health agreed to drop their opposition after the bottle store owner, James Tucker, agreed to sell only high quality alcohol and close at 9pm.
And if the allegations here are true, that's also rather worrying:
A bar owner fighting to keep his licence believed he was targeted by police because of his opposition to stricter alcohol laws, the Dunedin district licence committee heard.Dave Goosselink provides some relevant context.
The latest on this front comes from @Feminoptimal. Auckland DHB is opposing the liquor licence at a maternity hospital that caters to the posher end of the NZ market. Here's their current menu. Guests can come in and share a meal with the new mother and have a glass of wine. Very nice.
So why is Birthcare maternity hospital having to fight to renew its liquor license?Interesting that the police aren't supporting Auckland DHB's push in this case.
DHBs and Police have very large budgets, relative to any individual licensee, to tie things up. The threat of extended processes, or of extra-vigilant enforcement, gives them power to dictate licensing conditions just as the Presidential veto gives him power over some of the composition of the budget. Veto power is legislative power, within bounds.
Disclosure: I was expert witness on bar closing hours for the hospitality association in Wellington and in Tasman.