- Alcohol Activities & Services
The Activities & Services section of the website has information about what the HPA is up to.
This is where you can find out what we are working on and how we achieve our goals.
- Campaigns & Communication Work
- Community Action
- Support for Requirements of Sale and Supply
- Policy Advice & Research
- 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 tonight?
- What's in a Standard Drink?
- Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Advice
- Easing up on the drink
- How to Be Safer
- Alcohol and Your Kids
- Body Effects Tool
- Alcohol - the Body & Health Effects
- How to Access Treatment
- The Law & You
- Drinking & 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
- Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012
- Local Alcohol Policies
- Sale of Liquor Act
- Planning & Resource Management Act
- Alcoholism & Drug Addiction Act
- Alcohol Bans
- Alcohol Strategies & Policies
- Liquor Licences
- Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority Decisions
- Advertising Alcohol
- Signage 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
- Online Resources
- PDFs of Alcohol Resources
- Order Publications, Resources & Signs
- SAY NOW Guidelines and Toolbox
- AlcoholNZ Magazine
- Monthly e-Newsletter
- Library Catalogue
- Research Publications
- Research Blog
- NZ Statistics
Planning & Resource Management Act
The Resource Management Act (RMA) is the central piece of legislation that gives Local Authorities the ability to manage the effects of land use activities within their communities.
Each Local Authority must put into place the requirements of the RMA by developing a District Plan in consultation with the local community.
In relation to liquor licensing, the Sale of Liquor Act (SOLA) and the RMA were designed to have separate, but complementary, jurisdictions.
The licensing process outlined in the SOLA assumes that questions over the impact or effects of licensed premises have been considered in the resource consent process through the District Plan. Land use activities and the impact of these on communities such as hours, density and location of licensed premises are common community concerns that can be considered within the scope of local District Plans.
To date, interpretations of the RMA and the subsequent development of District Plans have tended to focus on the management of natural and physical resources, with little consideration for the social impacts of licensed premises on communities.
Planning for Alcohol in the Community (The Local Government Toolkit) (537KB PDF) looks at how the liquor licensing and resource management processes can be better aligned to increase communities' involvement in decision-making processes around licensed premises.
Section 5 of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) states:
(1) The purpose of this Act is to promote the sustainable management of natural and physical resources.
(2) In this Act sustainable management means managing the use, development, and protection of the natural and physical resources in a way or at a rate, which enables people and communities to provide for their social, economic, and cultural well-being and for their health and safety while:
(a) sustaining the potential of natural and physical resources (excluding minerals) to meet the reasonably foreseeable needs of future generations; and
(b) safeguarding the life-supporting capacity of air, water, soil, and ecosystems; and
(c) avoiding, remedying, or mitigating any adverse effects of activities on the environment.