Waikato District Council is reviewing its Local Alcohol Policy (LAP). A LAP is a set of decisions made by a local authority in consultation with its community about the sale and supply of alcohol in its district. The current policy came into effect in 2017 and is now due for review.

We feel that, on the whole, the policy is working well. However, there is concern about the number of bottle stores in the district.

The current policy includes a cap on the number of standalone bottle stores in three towns - Ngaruawahia (2), Huntly (3) and Raglan (2). It also includes more permissive rules for new bottle stores in Pokeno, Te Kauwhata and Tuakau. New bottle stores in these towns do not have to meet certain criteria such as ensuring there is adequate distance from existing off-licences and sensitive sites like schools and churches if they can show there will be no significant adverse effects.

We want to know your views on the number of bottle stores in your town and whether there should be additional restrictions on the number of bottle stores in the district. This feedback will help us develop a draft policy which will then be formally consulted on later in the year.

Thanks for providing us with your feedback. We will contact you once formal consultation opens.