Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol Free Zones

In order to control the consumption of alcohol in the central City and the adverse flow of effects to the community, the wellington City Council has designated areas that are alcohol free.

Background

Wellington City Council has a Safety Strategy includes a number of safety initiatives directed to improvthe perception of safety, in public places.

To date, these initiatives have been fociussed on the CBD, particularly Courtenay Place and the inner city malls including:

  • safety audits
  • supervised youth events
  • city safety officers
  • safe transport services
  • a central city liquor ban
  • research into closed circuit TV in the inner city
  • lighting strategy

As part of the Safety Strategy of Council where many people expressed concern about increasing liquor consumption in public places, the bylaw

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used to control alcohol consumption in the Central city and other areas was reviewed. Following consultation the 24-hour liquor ban and the extension of the control area to include Aro Valley and Central Park was implemented. The street boundaries of the area are marked by notices

Liquor Prohibition

The consumption or possession of liquor in a public place (including while in a vehicle), is prohibited within the Wellington central area, Oriental Parade, Mt Victoria, Aro Valley and Central Park (the control area) as shown on the map at http://www.wellington.govt.nz/plans/bylaws/pdfs/2008-07liquor-map.pdf . This prohibition is effective at all times.

In addition to this prohibition, the Council by resolution may order a prohibition on the consumption or possession of liquor (including while in a vehicle) in a public place for certain specified times and/or within certain specified public places for specified special events. The prohibition must be notified in the appropriate Wellington metropolitan newspaper at least 14 days in advance of the special event.

The prohibition does not apply to businesses that have council approval to move out into the footpaths etc.

Community Effects

A problem that started this issue of controlling the consumption of alcohol was that a number of individuals would gather in central city parks & malls and consume alcohol and become progressively intimidating or abusive to members of the public as the day wore on.

The effect of the bylaw has been that these people are "moved on" from the areas the congregate in the central city area. It has been noted that the problem of removing these people off the street has not actually been dealt with. The consumption of alcohol has moved out of the city centre into the suburbs on the outer edge of the CBD. Groups of individuals are now congregating in areas such as mt Victoria (other than the summit lookout), Mt Cook, Newtown.

The issue has not been successfully addressed. The problems created by alcohol consumption have been moved from the CBD are to adjacent areas/suburbs.

LTCCP Implications

Further work is required to deal with the issues that are arising with the implementation of the liquor ban in the CBD. It may be required to extend the liquor ban wider (which will move the problems to other areas), exten the liqour ban Wellington wide, or adress the issues that are created by the consumption of alcohol.

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