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.
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.
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.
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 legal challenge against the Queenstown Lakes District Council's blanket 4am closing time for bars has failed.
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.