The Right Mix

2 July 2013

Starting today, we would like your views on proposed alcohol changes in Wellington City.

Young people socialising in a bar.

We’ve developed a draft Local Alcohol Policy to give communities greater control over when, where and how alcohol is sold, and a draft Alcohol Management Strategy to deal with the wider issues relating to alcohol use.

Changes include establishing an entertainment precinct in the inner city, proposed hours of trade for on-licences, and restrictions on the hours of sale from off-licences.

We’re recommending maximum trading hours for inner city bars. These would be 7am - 5am licences for ‘best-practice operators’ in an entertainment precinct (Courtenay Place through to Cuba Street) and 7am - 3am licences for best-practice operators in the rest of the CBD.

For all other bars, the standard hours of trade would be 7am - 2am in the CBD and 7am–3am in the entertainment precinct. Most premises outside the entertainment precinct already close by 3am. Suburban bars would operate 7am - midnight. We’re also seeking your views on 7am - 9pm trading hours for off-licences throughout the city, including supermarkets, bottle stores and dairies.

Jaime Dyhrberg, the Council’s Service Development and Improvement Manager, says alcohol has an important role in the life of our city but we need to get the mix right - to balance the vitality with safety and reducing alcohol-related harm.

Information is available:

  • in our Have Your Say section: Public Input - The Right Mix
  • at Council libraries
  • at our service centre at 101 Wakefield Street
  • by phoning (04) 499 4444.

Have your say by 5pm, Friday 2 August