Wellington City Council Local Alcohol Policy

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21 December 2015

Following the earlier unsuccessful attempt to develop a LAP for Wellington, there has been almost no further communication from the Council on this matter. The relevant LAP page on the Council's website has not been updated since late 2013, and there has been very little information published elsewhere on how the Council plans to reduce alcohol-related harm in the future.

RACS advocates for three key areas where alcohol-related harm can most effectively be reduced, summarised by the acronym HOT for Hours, Outlets and Taxes. This encompasses a restriction on trading hours, reducing outlet density, and applying a stepped volumetric tax. By developing a LAP based on these actions, the Council has an opportunity to show leadership in the struggle against alcohol-related harm not just in Wellington, but in New Zealand.