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Host responsibility guide

18 November 2021

This is a booklet for bars, taverns, restaurants, cafes and clubs. It provides guidance on strategies and tools to assist staff in licensed premises meet host responsibility requirements under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. A sample host responsibility policy is included.

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The Bar Code: Frontline Bar Staff and the Law booklet

1 May 2019

This booklet was updated and replaced in February 2021 by the Host Responsibility Guide, which provides practical advice on what bar staff (including volunteer bar servers at clubs) need to do by law when serving alcohol in licensed premises. 


Drugs in bars: A guide for licensees

4 March 2019

The Drugs in Bars Guide is for alcohol licensees and managers who have a duty to be responsible hosts to all customers, including those using substances like illicit drugs or medicines. The guide explains how having good policies, processes, responses, and training can reduce problems and harm to customers. It provides information about drug law and how to reduce substance-related problems in on-licensed premises.

This resource was developed by the NZ Drug Foundation, supported by Te Hiringa Hauora/Health Promotion Agency. More information about this guide can be found on the NZ Drug Foundation’s website here or you can order free copies from their resources page here. The resource can also be downloaded from the Foundation’s website and below.

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Alcohol Game Plan for club committees - Managing alcohol in clubs

13 May 2018

This is a short guide for club committees and managers with a club licence to serve and supply alcohol. It outlines key requirements about the law, such as, only serving alcohol to club members or guests of members, club alcohol and host responsibility policies, bar staff training, alcohol management plans, and penalties and fines. 

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Alcohol Game Plan for bar staff - Managing alcohol in clubs

1 February 2018

This is a short guide for people working behind the bar in clubs with a club licence to serve and supply alcohol. It outlines key requirements, such as, only serving alcohol to club members or guests of members, and host responsibility strategies and interventions. 


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