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Alcohol Reform

The Alcohol Reform Bill passed its third and final reading in Parliament on 11th December 2012. The Act, known as the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, received Royal Assent on Tuesday 18th December 2012, concluding a four-year debate.

The Committee of the whole House divided the Alcohol Reform Bill into 3 Bills with new titles:

  • Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012
  • Local Government (Alcohol Reform) Amendment Act 2012
  • Summary Offences (Alcohol Reform) Amendment Act 2012

The majority of the sections included in the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 had a 6-12 month time lag between the date of Royal Assent and commencement, therefore substantial changes would not come into effect until 2014.

Click the following link to see the schedule of the commencement of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.

Alcohol Reform Bill Nov 2010 (PDF-4MB)

Alcohol Reform Bill Digest (PDF-80KB)

More Information:


How to Make a Submission

Submission template

Info on the Key Issues


2015 - Submission Template - Submission to the Justice and Electoral Select Committee onThe Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Extended licensing hours during Rugby World Cup) Bill

2011 - Submission - Alcohol Reform Bill

For more info & online submissionss click here:

 2009 - Submission to the Law Commission Review & Response to the Issues paper - Alcohol In Our Lives
 2009 - Submission to Law Commission "Alcohol In Our Lives", By FANNZ

Submission Toolkit - Sale & Supply of Liquor and Enforcement Bill (pdf)
This toolkit includes a summary and commentary on the Bill. Written submissions were due Thursday 23 April 2009 to Parliament's Justice and Electoral Select Committee.

Briefing Paper:

27 May 2022: The Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Harm Minimisation) Bill

2004 - The Sale of Liquor in New Zealand - Recommended Changes to the Act (PDF)

Fact Sheet:

2009 - Information Sheet - Sale and Supply of Liquor
Community Objections


2021 - Collective DHB Position Statement on the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012

2017: Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Renewal of Licences) Amendment Bill

We were delighted to hear that Hon. Louisa Wall’s Private Members Bill - the Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Renewal of Licences) Amendment Bill has been drawn from the ballot. We look forward to some evidence-based debate in due course and will alert you to submission opportunities should they arise.

This Bill provides that where a local alcohol policy is in place under the provisions of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 any renewal of a licence under the Act must not be inconsistent with the provisions of that local alcohol policy. 

2013 - Booklet - The Last Chance for a generation Alcohol law reform in NZ 2012

2013 - Regional Alcohol Forum Document: Key Aspects of the Sale & Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. Alcohol Healthwatch

2010 - Alcohol in our Lives - Curbing the Harm

2010 - 2010 Health & Lifesytles Survey - Alcohol Related Attitudes; Health Sponsorship Council 2011 (PDF)

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