The liquor industry and health authorities will have a say on a controversial draft alcohol policy in Auckland from today. More than 400 of the 2688 submitters on the draft Auckland Council Local Alcohol Policy want to speak to the policy at a series of hearings, beginning today in central Auckland before moving to Manukau on Wednesday. This will be followed by hearings in other parts of the city. The council is proposing to cut the hours people can buy alcohol at bottles stores and supermarkets from 11pm to 10pm and the time it can be sold in central-city bars, pubs and restaurants from 4am to 3am. On-licence sales in other parts of the city, including Newmarket and Parnell, would be cut from 4am to 1am.
The draft plan has been designed to balance the social impacts with Aucklanders being able to enjoy a drink responsibly.
The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 gave councils the ability to develop Local Alcohol Policies.
After the hearings, a panel of councillors will report back to the council with recommendations. The policy could come into effect by Christmas.
What the bylaw proposes
*Cutting central-city bars, pubs and restaurant hours from 4am to 3am
*Cutting bars, pubs and restaurant hours in other parts of the city from 4am to 1am
The Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan
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