8 Sep 2013

Hospitality NZ supports plan to make public drunkenness illegal

10:06 pm on 8 September 2013

Hospitality New Zealand says it supports a plan by the Wellington City Council to make public drunkenness illegal, and wants the police to have the ability to fine people.

The council has released the final version of its Local Alcohol Policy, which aims to reduce alcohol-related harm in the city.

It recommends an investigation into making public drunkenness an offence, either through a bylaw or local bill.

Hospitality New Zealand's Wellington president, Jeremy Smith, says it has been pushing for such a policy.

He says police could issue an intoxicated person with a fine and an infringement notice saying they are not welcome in town for the next 12, 24 or 48 hours.