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Rugby World Cup alcohol trading rules:
what licensed premises need to know
Resources to help businesses and organisations
understand temporary changes to alcohol trading laws during
the 2015 Rugby World Cup are now available.
Under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Rugby World Cup 2015
Extended Trading Hours) Amendment Act 2015, eligible premises
with on-licences and club licences can open to show live games
that fall outside their usual licensed hours.
“If licensees plan to screen after-hours Rugby World Cup
games, they have to take certain steps in advance and meet
certain conditions,” says David King, General Manager, Civil and
Constitutional at the Ministry of Justice. “For example, eligible
licensees must tell local Police and their district licensing
committee which games they intend to televise, and outline how
they’ll keep noise levels down ,” Mr King says.
“Importantly, licensees have to make these notifications in
writing at least 7 days before each game. Also, each premises’
extended trading hours will be different, depending on when
their licensed hours usually end and the time and length of
each game. To make sure they comply with the Amendment
Act, licensees need be familiar with the rules that determine
when they can open, when they must close, when they can sell
alcohol and what conditions they need to comply with. “The
rules are quite complex, so we’ve made an effort to create
useful, easy-to-understand resources to help people follow
them,” Mr King says.
The resources available on the Ministry of Justice website
at justice.govt.nz/policy/sale-and-supply-of-alcohol include
information about the extended hours rules, a flowchart to help
licensees determine when they can open, when they must close
and when they can sell alcohol when screening after-hours
games and sample notification forms.
The Amendment Act is available at legislation.govt.nz.
It includes a schedule of all Rugby World Cup games and
scenarios that illustrate how the temporary new law works.
CoCo at the Roxy mixologist Ray Letoa has taken out the top prize
in the augural Capital Cocktail contest for his ‘Miramar Fizzy Pop’,
a cocktail and tapas match inspired by the excitement and wonder
of being a kid.
Capital Cocktail is the newest platform in Visa Wellington On a
Plate, the country’s largest food festival. The contest ran across
all 17 days of the culinary festival, with bars and restaurants
creating a cocktail and tapas match using local ingredients and
consumers encouraged to vote for their favourite.
Mixologist Letoa is excited to have taken out the top spot in Capital
Cocktail, with his Miramar Fizzy Pop concoction. The beverage
features lemongrass and pomegranate syrup with gin, lemon and
lime juice, bitters and mango foam. It’s served alongside Island Bay
Butchery free range popcorn chicken with a lemongrass and mango
salsa, with a lemongrass lollipop and popping candy. The cocktail
and tapas pairing received an average consumer vote of 9.8 out of 10.
“My mind started racing as soon as I heard that Wellington On
a Plate had a bartending platform this year”, says Ray. “Miramar
Fizzy Pop was inspired by watching kids who were visiting CoCo
with their parents and were so enchanted and excited by cocktails.
I made sure that our entry would translate well as a mocktail so
kids and non-drinkers could partake in the frivolity and fun too”.
Ray is no stranger to cocktail championships, having taken out
the People’s Choice award at the 2014 Diageo Reserve World Class
National Finals. “I love working with local suppliers to get my hands
on the finest ingredients for my cocktails, and Wellington On a Plate is
the perfect time to really get behind Wellington producers”, says Ray.
The platform is sponsored by Cheers and Spirits New Zealand,
and each cocktail’s standard drinks number displayed in the
festival programme. The contest encourages responsible
consumption of cocktails by making consumers aware of standard
drinks and serving each beverage with a tapas match.
Robert Brewer from Cheers and Spirits New Zealand is happy
to be encouraging responsible consumption of alcohol as a part of
Wellington On a Plate. “Capital Cocktail shows how cocktails can
be enjoyed responsibly alongside food and as part of a culinary
experience. It’s great to be a part of the festival and this exciting
Thirty-one bars and restaurants entered Capital Cocktail,
comparable to the number of entrants in the first year of Burger
Wellington, which this year had 80 restaurants competing.
Ray is already planning next year’s entry, hoping to make it even
more impressive than this year’s, which is remaining on the CoCo
menu for now.
CoCo at the Roxy's Ray Letoa with Spirits New Zealand's Robert Brewer
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