In a test case that could have far-reaching implications, the Liquor Licensing Authority will consider if selling subsidised drinks to students at a private function at a student bar breached the Sale of Liquor Act by promoting the excess consumption of alcohol.
A Cromwell restaurant owner last year convicted of indecently assaulting two former employees and offering to supply cannabis to a person under the age of 18 at one of his restaurants will lose his liquor licence and his ability to enter his restaurants during business hours.
Some Otago medical leaders are among more than 300 doctors and nurses across the country who have signed a statement calling for changes to the liquor laws.
The Government's proposed Alcohol Reform Bill was "very much stronger" than current legislation and could make life "quite uncertain" for licensees, former Liquor Licensing Authority Judge Bill Unwin said in Queenstown yesterday.
A legal challenge against the Queenstown Lakes District Council's blanket 4am closing time for bars has failed.
Three Invercargill premises operated by the local licensing trust sold alcohol to a 16-year-old boy during part of a controlled-purchase operation on Friday night.
The owners of the Octagon Night 'n Day Foodstore will have a rehearing before the Liquor Licensing Authority in February and other convenience stores will have a nervous wait to see if their liquor licences are renewed, following a landmark decision this week.
A last-minute change in Parliament will have the Alcohol Reform Bill put through its third and final reading next month, bringing forward likely requirements for Dunedin bar owners to pay higher fees.
The police have applied for the cancellation or suspension of an on-licence involving the Captain Cook Tavern, Dunedin, and the Liquor Licensing Authority will hear the matter later this month.
Super Liquor stores in Dunedin and Mosgiel were temporarily closed recently by the Liquor Licensing Authority after staff sold alcohol to a 16-year-old girl.
An application for exemption to the Easter liquor rules for a special event in Hawea on Good Friday was yesterday declined by the Queenstown Lakes District Council acting as the District Licensing Agency.
The increasing number of liquor licences granted in Queenstown is tarnishing the resort town's image, a report released this morning says.
More than 1000 high-school pupils in Dunedin will be looking for somewhere else to party, after a police crackdown targeting after-ball events at licensed premises.
Dunedin's new liquor licensing decision-makers start their training today, headed by a former city councillor.
Inner city Dunedin bars are set to find out today if they can open until 3am on Christmas Day, a matter police have opposed for the first time.
A Dunedin bar's plans to screen Fifa World Cup matches later this year could be derailed by concerns the venue could attract early-morning drinkers ''like moths to the flame''.
Seven of the eight inner city bars seeking to stay open into Christmas Day will be allowed to trade until 1.30am.
The Dunedin City Council has a fight on its hands over proposed changes to the city's alcohol laws, with more than 4000 supporting a campaign opposing them.
The Dunedin District Licensing Agency hearings committee is to determine whether a temporary authority will be issued to a central city bar that wishes to continue to stay open to 5am four days a week.