Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Rugby World Cup 2015 Extended Trading Hours) Amendment Bill 

I do not believe that it is anything but churlish to deny New Zealanders the opportunity to watch the rugby in a pub or club, surrounded by their friends,  So I ask why responsible New Zealand adults should not be able to enjoy watching... Read more
I do not believe that it is anything but churlish to deny New Zealanders the opportunity to watch the rugby in a pub or club, surrounded by their friends,  So I ask why responsible New Zealand adults should not be able to enjoy watching the game amongst friends and families over breakfast perhaps, or coffee perhaps, or perhaps a pint in the fabulous clubs and pubs that our community is lucky to have. Read less
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May 10, 2019
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David Seymour

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I move, That the Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Extended licensing hours during Rugby World Cup) Bill be now read a first time.  

Indeed, people have asked: “Is this needed?”. Well, the fact of the matter is that we do not need rugby. We do not need pubs. We do not need a Rugby World Cup. None the less, if we took... Read more

I move, That the Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Extended licensing hours during Rugby World Cup) Bill be now read a first time.  

Indeed, people have asked: “Is this needed?”. Well, the fact of the matter is that we do not need rugby. We do not need pubs. We do not need a Rugby World Cup. None the less, if we took our actions on the basis of what was absolutely needed, we would have a very dreary world indeed. 

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David Seymour

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August 26, 2015

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... Read more

August 26, 2015

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.

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David Seymour

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August 21, 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... Read more

August 21, 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.

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Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Rugby World Cup 2015 Extended Trading Hours) Amendment Bill

August 26 2015 - New Zealand Parliament

Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Rugby World Cup 2019 Extended Trading Hours) Amendment Bill

- New Zealand Parliament