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David Seymour

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David Seymour Aug 28th, 2019

The Government has a chance to do the right thing this afternoon by adopting my legislation allowing bars and clubs to open outside normal licencing hours to show the Rugby World Cup.

Yesterday, I indicated to other parties that I would seek leave to introduce and debate the legislation. Labour’s Grant Robertson asked for 24 hours to consider the issue, but it seems he may now be trying to find a reason to avoid it.

Up and down New Zealand, as in 2015, bars and clubs are being declined special licences to open outside normal hours and show the rugby. In fact, venues have now given up on applying to councils for special licences because they know they will be knocked back.

Hospitality New Zealand has estimated that 50 per cent of its membership – or 1,500 on-licence venues – will be impacted. 60 per cent of Clubs New Zealand’s affiliates are affected. That’s 180 clubs with 180,000 members. Many members are approaching retirement and will be looking to their local club to be able to watch the games.

Why shouldn’t bars and clubs be allowed to open? We know from 2015 that people watching the rugby at their local are not troublemakers.

In addition to all of this, 40,000 rural households won’t be able to access Spark Sport's live streaming coverage of the Rugby World Cup, meaning hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will be forced to watch delayed coverage of the rugby.

If Labour refuses to play ball today, it will be breaking the hearts of heartland New Zealanders and I will be forced to ask Parliament to debate my legislation.

Common sense needs to prevail here. The law is completely inadequate and prudish licencing committees are knocking back responsible publicans and club owners from opening for a few extra hours.

The Government needs to adopt my bill so that hardworking Kiwis can enjoy a beer at their local while watching the All Blacks retain the Rugby World Cup.

David Seymour May 22nd, 2019

The bill in its present form allows for licensed pubs and clubs to open outside normal licensing hours in certain circumstances. If a Rugby World Cup 2015 game or series of games begins within 2 hours of normal closing time, then that venue will be licensed automatically to stay open under its usual terms until 1 hour after the end of that game. If a game begins more than 2 hours after the usual closing time, then in that case the licensed venue can reopen—that is, serve alcohol—half an hour before kick-off and stay open until 1 hour after the game. However, there are several conditions. The primary purpose of that opening must be to watch the game. The venue must have at least one television, and it must have a system to ensure that watching the game is the primary purpose. It must display the details of its extensions prominently prior to the extension occurring. It must notify the district licensing authority and the police at least 1 week before the time of its opening.

David Seymour May 14th, 2019

The Government must ensure it is up to speed with developments in other jurisdictions so it can provide voters with the best possible information on which to make an informed decision. The Government’s priority should be harm reduction, especially keeping cannabis out of the hands of children. That is also Canada’s policy objective, but they are two years ahead of us, we can learn from them what works.

New Zealanders must be in a position to cast an informed vote. By the time New Zealanders vote, Canada will have had two years’ experience with the legalisation of cannabis.

The Government should send commissioners to Canada to find out everything they can about that country’s experience with legalisation. I look forward to seeing the Government’s plans for providing quality evidence informed by the experiences of our friends around the world. 


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