What is Council’s role in managing alcohol in the community?

    Council has a role in alcohol licensing, through the Local Alcohol Policy, through administration of the District Licencing Committee, and through its regulatory and enforcement roles (including the Council Alcohol Licensing Inspector). 

    Why are you reviewing the alcohol bylaw and policy?

    The current Alcohol Control Bylaw came into effect in 2016 and legislation requires it to be reviewed now. 

    The current Local Alcohol Policy is shared with Tauranga City Council and came into effect in 2015. It is now due for review under legislation and has been developed to be standalone and reflect Western Bay of Plenty District matters and issues. 

    Why has Council proposed these changes to the Local Alcohol Policy?

    The significant changes proposed are  

    • Off-licence closing time at 9pm not 10pm across the Western Bay of Plenty. 

    • No further bottle stores in the Te Puke-Maketu ward. 

    The proposed changes to the policy aim to better reflect Police, Medical Officer of Health and community concerns. They seek to limit alcohol related harm, with particular concern raised regarding the Te Puke–Maketu ward area and with bottle stores. 

    Why has Council proposed these changes to the Alcohol Bylaw?

    The significant change proposed is 

    • Extending the public alcohol ban zone (Alcohol Control Area) to the whole of Te Puke, not just town centre 

    The purpose of the bylaw is manage alcohol in public places, and to: 

    • protect the public from nuisance in public places; 

    • protect, promote and maintain public health and safety in public places; and 

    • minimise the potential for offensive behaviour in public places.  

    Extending the alcohol ban area will help the Police address alcohol related problems, across all of Te Puke township rather than just the town centre. This change would apply to all public areas in Te Puke and bring the town in line with the Alcohol Control Areas in place in Katikati and Waihī Beach/Athenree where the bylaw is considered useful and necessary.

    How do I have my say?

    We need your feedback by 4pm Monday 6 December 2021You can provide feedback in a number of ways 

    • Post your thoughts to Local Alcohol Policy and Bylaw Review, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Private Bag 12803, Tauranga 3143. 

    • Present your view in Council on Tuesday 14 December. Please register by emailing haveyoursay@westernbay.govt.nz or phone 07 571 8008 by Monday December 2021 to secure your timeslot and receive further information.

    What happens after I provide feedback?

    Council will acknowledge feedback in writing or by email. 

    Feedback will inform the final bylaw and policy presented to the Council Policy Committee for approval in March 2022. 

    Why should I provide feedback?

    The changes set out in this review could affect the community for years to come. Now is the community’s opportunity to tell us how they want to see alcohol managed in their townships.