Local Alcohol Policy

We want a District that’s safe, healthy and has a strong sense of community. The Sale and Supply of Liquor Act became law in December 2012. The Act allows territorial authorities to develop Local Alcohol Policies (LAP) which will increase the ability of communities to have a say of local licensing matters and allow local-level decision making for all licence applications.

The Hastings District and Napier City councils have been working together to develop a joint draft local alcohol policy that will guide the way alcohol is sold and served in our communities.

Provisional Local Alcohol Policy

On 28 April 2016 and 29 June 2016 (respectively), Hastings District and Napier City Councils approved notification of the Councils’ provisional Local Alcohol Policy (LAP).  The provisional LAP is now subject to appeal.  All appeals must be lodged with the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (ARLA) by Monday 22 August 2016.  Only people who submitted on the Hastings District and Napier City Councils’ draft Local Alcohol Policy can appeal against an element of the provisional LAP (except for NZ Police and Medical Officers of Health, who have a statutory right to appeal). The only ground on which an element of the provisional LAP can be appealed against is that it is unreasonable in the light of the object of the Act.

  Copy of the public notice published in the Hawke’s Bay Today on Saturday 23 July 2016

  Hastings District and Napier City Councils provisional Local Alcohol Policy

Appeals to the provisional Local Alcohol Policy

Submitters to the draft Local Alcohol Policy can appeal an element of the provisional LAP that they consider to be unreasonable in light of the object of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (the Act).

Appeals must be received by the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (ARLA) by Monday 23 August 2016

An appeal must be made by sending a notice of appeal by emailing ARLA@justice.govt.nz or by post to:

The Secretary
Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority
Tribunals Unit
Private Bag 32-001
Featherston Street
Wellington 6146

The notice to appeal must:

Be made in writing
State the full legal name, address for service, telephone number and any email address of the appellant
State the element of the provisional LAP appealed against and why it is unreasonable in light of the object of the Act
Be accompanied by the prescribed fee ($517.50 including GST)
Be accompanied by a copy of the submission that the appellant made on the draft Christchurch City Council LAP 

  Download a copy of a Notice of Appeal against a provisional Local Alcohol Policy form

Either before or immediately after the notice is sent to the Secretary of the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority, a copy must be sent to Hastings District Council (Attn: J Evans, Private Bag 9002, Hastings 4156) . 

If the Licensing Authority considers that the appellant made submissions as part of the special consultative procedure on the draft local alcohol policy concerned and the element of the provisional LAP appealed against was unreasonable in the light of the object of the Act, the licensing authority will ask the territorial authority to reconsider the element of the provisional LAP.