If we oldies can get to bed at a respectable hour, there’s no need for pubs to stay open until dawn

January 23, 2015

Alf observes with some fascination the goings-on about boozing hours in Wellington.

The rejection of Wellington City Council plans for bar hours has implications for councils in other parts of the country. Hence it may affect the Tararua District Council’s thinking on what is allowable in its patch, and this in turn would affect Alf’s lifestyle.

This means that councils across the county (according to Radio NZ) may struggle to enforce any policies allowing bars to stay open beyond 4am.

Alf can advise his constituents (who are well aware of his habits, anyway) that his lifestyle certainly would not be affected by any requirement for pubs to shut by 4am, because at that hour he has long ago gone home to snuggle down with Mrs Grumble or (sometimes) be put to bed in the spare room.

 

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Taxing the beer essentials

July 1, 2009

The Herald strikes the right tone, for Alf, when it reports that the prospect of increased booze prices, is “adding to the gloom of winter and a recession…”

The increases are likely to be triggered when the Government increases the excise tax on alcohol by 2.8 per cent from today.

The tax, which is adjusted to reflect the rate of inflation, rose by around 3.5 per cent last year.
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