- Alcohol Activities & Services
This section is where you can find out about HPA's alcohol-related work and how to contact us.
Further information about HPA and its wider work on other topics can be found on our main website – www.hpa.org.nz
- Campaigns & communication work
- Community Action
- Policy advice and research
- Support for alcohol legislation requirements
- Support for low-risk drinking environments
- Support for health sector action
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- Alcohol & You
Want to know if your drinking is okay? Or are you considering making some changes to your drinking but want to know more? Do you know exactly how big a standard drink is?
Play the online games in the section to find out. Find out all about your relationship with alcohol here...
- Is your drinking okay?
- How much are you drinking?
- What's in a standard drink?
- Low-risk alcohol drinking advice
- Easing up on the drink
- How to be safer
- Alcohol & your kids
- Body effects tool
- Alcohol - the body & health effects
- How to access treatment
- The law and you
- Drinking and driving
- Legislation & Policy
Check out this section for NZ legislation and local strategies and polices relating to alcohol.
- Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012
- Alcoholism & Drug Addiction Act
- Alcohol strategies and policies
- Liquor licences
- Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority decisions
- Advertising alcohol
- Signage and resources for vendors
- Host responsibility
- Research & Resources
This is the research and resources section. This is where you can find alcohol statistics and researched topics.
HPA has a research blog. Take a look at some of the interesting conversations that are happening here.
- Latest resources
- PDFs of Alcohol Resources
- SAY NOW guidelines and toolbox
- AlcoholNZ magazine
- Ease up monthly e-newsletter
- Library catalogue
- Research publications
- NZ statistics
- Useful websites
Drinking in public
Drinking in public places is legal unless there is an alcohol ban in place.
Alcohol bans are becoming increasing popular in New Zealand. Towns and cities around the country are introducing them in an attempt to reduce alcohol-related crime, violence and public disorder in public places.
An alcohol ban prohibits the possession or consumption of liquor for specific days, hours and public locations. These are set by local councils – usually as a bylaw.
In some areas liquor bans are used only for specific events – e.g., New Year’s Eve or Cuba Street Carnival. Alternatively, it can be a permanent bylaw, imposing liquor bans for specific locations at specified times.
A liquor ban gives police power to search a person for alcohol. They can seize, destroy or confiscate it. Liquor bans are just one tool available to police to assist them to deal with alcohol-related crime and disorder.
The bans aim to address local authorities' concerns about public drinking in particular problem areas, such as:
shopping centre car parks
Anyone disobeying local liquor bans are liable to arrest and may be fined.
Before Police can search a vehicle or a container (such as a package or bag) which they suspect contains alcohol, Police must provide the person in possession of the vehicle or container an opportunity to remove the container or vehicle from the area.
Even if there is no alcohol ban in place, under the Summary Offences Act it is illegal for anyone under 18 years of age to consume or possess alcohol in a public place.
If you break this law, you may have to pay an infringement fee of $200 or a fine of up to $300. The police can also confiscate the alcohol. It is legal for parents or guardians to allow teenagers to drink at home or at other private gatherings.