Alcohol licensing in Porirua

We're reviewing our Local Alcohol Policy

Our policy is undergoing a review, we're are currently completing a Social Impact Assessment that will tell us what impact the current policy has had and inform us of any new policy options.

We are very keen to hear from our communities on this topic and will engage more broadly with you on this in 2024. However, for now we are kicking off this review by launching a public survey.

To complete the survey click here,

Legislation governing alcohol licensing

Alcohol licensing is overseen by several pieces of both local and national government legislation. It is important that you know what these are and how they function together if you are wanting to sell alcohol safely.

Alcohol licensing law in New Zealand is set by the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. The object of the Act is that the sale, supply and consumption of alcohol should be undertaken safely and responsibly, and that the harm caused by excessive or inappropriate consumption of alcohol is minimised.

Key features of the Act include:

  • Strengthening the rules around the types of stores eligible to sell alcohol
  • Allowing local-level decision-making for all licence applications
  • Increasing the ability of communities to have a say on local alcohol licensing matters
  • Introducing maximum default trading hours for licensed premises
  • Restricting supermarket and grocery store alcohol displays to a single area
  • Requiring the express consent of a parent or guardian before supplying alcohol to a minor.

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 allows councils to develop local alcohol policies. A local alcohol policy (LAP) is a set of decisions made by a local authority in consultation with its community about the sale and supply of alcohol in its geographical area.

The aim of Porirua's LAP is to minimise alcohol-related harm in Porirua, reflect local communities’ character, amenity, values, preferences and needs, and to encourage licensed premises to foster positive and responsible drinking behaviours.

Key features of the Porirua Local Alcohol Policy

  • Establish maximum trading hours for premises
  • Identify sensitive sites and the proximity licensed premises are from sensitive sites.

Review of the Local Alcohol Policy - November 2023 onwards

Our policy is undergoing a review, we're are currently completing a Social Impact Assessment that will tell us what impact the current policy has had and inform us of any new policy options.

We are very keen to hear from our communities on this topic and will engage more broadly with you on this in 2024. However, for now we are kicking off this review by launching a public survey.

To complete this survey please click on the link below:

In 2024 Council will engage further with our communities to test what we have found in the research and data with our communities and work together to develop policy options.

Porirua Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) Survey

This survey aims to gather information and data on how alcohol affects our city and people, as well as beginning to gather information on our communities' perspectives on alcohol use and purchasing in Porirua. The information we gather from this survey will be used to inform the social impact assessment and a new policy that will be developed in 2024.

As well as Porirua's LAP, the Council also has an Alcohol Control Bylaw. The purpose of this Bylaw is to control the consumption and/or possession of alcohol in public places to reduce alcohol-related harm in the area.

Key features of the Alcohol Control Bylaw include:

  • Defining what an alcohol ban is and how it is established into the community
  • Establishing where alcohol ban areas in Porirua are
  • Identifying who can enforce the bylaw and the potential consequences of breaching the bylaw.

District Licensing Committee (DLC)

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act requires each local authority to establish a District Licensing Committee (the DLC). The DLC determines applications for alcohol licences and managers' certificates.

More details on Porirua's DLC and its functions are outlined below. If you need more information about Porirua's Committee (or about District Licensing Committees in general), please contact us via phone (ask for alcohol licensing) or email us.

A District Licensing Committee's functions are to consider and determine applications for:

  • New licences and manager's certificates
  • Renewals of licences and manager's certificates
  • The temporary authority to carry on the sale and supply of alcohol
  • The variation of licences.

The DLC also, where appropriate, refers applications, conducts inquiries and makes reports to the Licensing Authority (ARLA) when required.

Chair and Deputy Chair:

  • Chairperson: Councillor Kylie Wihapi
  • Deputy Chairperson: Councillor Mike Duncan

Appointed list members:

  • Saar Cohen-Ronen for a period of five years from December 2020
  • Nicole Moloney for a period of five years from December 2020
  • Rachel Palu for a period of five years from December 2020
  • Kevin Watson for a period of five years from December 2020
  • Sandy Gill for a period of five years from December 2020.

Further information